READINGS IN WESTERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT: Ancient World The best introduction to the Western religious heritage is to read the primary texts which have shaped the Western religious consciousness. This volume is designed to introduce the student to the religious heritage of the West by providing selections from the primary religious writings of the ancient Western world from the beginnings civilization in Mesopotamia & Egypt (c. 3000 bce) to the collapse of the Roman Empire (c. 450 ce). The text may be used in an interdisciplinary program in Western Civilization or in a course in the history of Western religious thought. Because the Judaeo-Christian tradition has had the greatest impact on the religious consciousness of the West, this book should be used in conjunction w/Hebrew Scriptures & Christian NT. Sections include: Ancient Near Eastern Religion, Ancient/Classical Greek Religion Hellenistic/Roman Religion, Early Christian Fathers & Councils
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