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At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire

Heidi Wendt


This book examines evidence for varieties of self-authorized or “freelance” religious experts in the first two centuries of the Roman Empire. Whereas the figures in question tend to be studied separately on the basis of selective characteristics of their practices, this book argues that all such experts, irrespective of differences in the content of their programs, participated in a highly competitive form of religious activity with common field dynamics. The first part of the book presents evidence for the expansion and diversification of this phenomenon in the early imperial period, with a p ... More

Keywords: Roman Empire, Christian rivals, Judaism, Christianity, Paul, magic, mystery cults, astrology, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190267148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heidi Wendt, author
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Wright State University