Civitas: Religious Interpretations of the City

Civitas: Religious Interpretations of the City

by Peter S. Hawkins

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Overview

Civitas is an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the meaning of the city as human artifact, repository of memory, and the image either of heaven or hell. Drawing on scholars of Bible, theology, worship, literature, and the visual arts, the collection traces religious notions of the city from biblical times to the present. This work is especially suitable for courses on the city, whether those courses be sponsored by departments of religious studies, literature, sociology, or history.

Peter S. Hawkins is Professor of Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School. His work has centered on Dante, but he has also written widely on the history of biblical reception and on contemporary fiction. He is the author of numerous books, including Dante's Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination, Dante, a Brief History, and Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498283359
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/03/2016
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Peter S. Hawkins is Professor of Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School. His work has centered on Dante, but he has also written widely on the history of biblical reception and on contemporary fiction. He is the author of numerous books, including Dante's Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination, Dante, a Brief History, and Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

1 Introduction Peter S. Hawkins xi

Part 1

2 "The City in the Old Testament" Robert R. Wilson Yale University 3

3 "St. Paul of the Cities" Wayne A. Meeks Yale University 15

4 "Jerusalem: The City as Place" Jonathan Z. Smith University of Chicago 25

5 "Alien Citizens: A Marvellous Paradox" Rowan A. Greer Yale University 39

6 "Worship in Urban Life: The Example of Medieval Constantinople" John Baldovin Fordham University 57

Part 2

7 "Nightmare and Dream: The Earthly City and Dante's Commedia" Peter S. Hawkins Yale University

8 "Fourteenth-Century Siena: The Iconography of a Medieval Commune" Duncan Robinson Yale University 85

9 "Exiles in the Earthly City: The Heritage of St. Augustine" James Dougherty Notre Dame University 105

10 "The City as Cultural Hieroglyph" Burton Pike Graduate Center City University of N.Y. 123

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