Ultimate Devotion: The Historical Impact and Archaeological Expression of Intense Religious Movements

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-08-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In the hands of dissenting religious zealots, faith and ritual can be a powerful means of mobilizing people towards radical change. From the viewpoint of many historical rebel-zealots, shattering existing political and social institutions was a pre-condition for the forthcoming regency of God. Repercussions were traumatic, and often catastrophic.

Author Biography

Yoav Arbel completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. His thesis focused on religious extremism and the role of agency. He was a senior staff member in archaeological expeditions in Israel, Jordan and Turkey, and is presently a research archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Part I
Introduction - A Theory of Religious Intensificationp. 1
God and Countryp. 7
One God, One Wayp. 22
A Quest for Immediate Salvationp. 41
Messianic Hopes Shatteredp. 52
Part II
Introduction - History, Archaeology and Religious Ideologyp. 63
Uprising in Judeap. 70
Narrative of Crisisp. 83
The Sacred Contractp. 105
Unearthing Religious Intensityp. 123
Conclusions - Between Rome and Jerichop. 141
Notesp. 151
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 201
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