Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom Hardback

The School of Nisibis and the Development of Scholastic Culture in Late Antique Mesopotamia

by Adam H. Becker;

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Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom

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The School of Nisibis was the main intellectual center of the Church of the East in the sixth and early seventh centuries C.E. and an institution of learning unprecedented in antiquity. Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom provides a history both of the School and of the scholastic culture of the Church of the East more generally in the late antique and early Islamic periods. Adam H. Becker examines the ideological and intellectual backgrounds of the school movement and reassesses the evidence for the supposed predecessor of the School of Nisibis, the famed School of the Persians of Edessa. Furthermore, he argues that the East-Syrian ("Nestorian") school movement is better understood as an integral and at times contested part of the broader spectrum of East-Syrian monasticism. Becker examines the East-Syrian culture of ritualized learning, which flourished at the same time and in the same place as the famed Babylonian Rabbinic academies. Jews and Christians in Mesopotamia developed similar institutions aimed at inculcating an identity in young males that defined them as beings endowed by their creator with the capacity to study.The East-Syrian schools are the most significant contemporary intellectual institutions immediately comparable to the Rabbinic academies, even as they served as the conduit for the transmission of Greek philosophical texts and ideas to Muslims in the early 'Abbasid period.

Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom by Adam H. Becker was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2006 and is our 62550th best seller. The ISBN for Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom is 9780812239348.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (May 2006)
Number of Pages316
Thickness22 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1242502
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