Leaving the Fold: Apostates and Defectors in Antiquity by Stephen Wilson

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Book Title:
Leaving the Fold: Apostates and Defectors in Antiquity
Book Author:
Stephen Wilson
ISBN10:
0800636759
ISBN13:
978-0800636753
Format:
pdf / fb2 / epub / Djvu
Category:
History
Language:
English
ePub vers. size:
1777 kb
PDF vers. size:
1690 kb
Movement from one community to another can create strife, pain, and social dislocation. In this astute analysis, Stephen Wilson examines the ancient sources for clues to how leaving a religious group happened, what motivated defectors, and the different ways Jews, Christians, and pagans interpreted the event. As Wilson explains, ''by and large defection was a rancorous business and provoked extreme reactions, understandably so in the case of those who became traitors or who turned violently on their former community. But even the less dramatic instances were deeply troubling.''

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