By M. David Litwa
"This enticing and informative learn explores a ignored yet interesting topic, demonstrating via different ancient and cultural variations, from antiquity to the current, a perennial human aspiration now not purely to self-transcendence yet to divinity itself. there's a lot the following to curiosity scholars of antiquity, of Christianity, and of the historical past of ideas."
--Harry Gamble, collage of Virginia
"The earliest non secular texts within the West ascribe to humankind either a prehistory and a future one of the gods. M. David Litwa offers a impressive survey of the kinds the latter of those ideals has had, either inside and outdoors the Christian culture. Becoming Divine reconstructs an obtainable and interesting mosaic of this too-long missed thought, using figures as disparate as Orphic cultists, Augustine, and Nietzsche."
--Terryl L. Givens, collage of Richmond
"Deification is an interesting yet surprisingly overlooked subject within the historical past of religions. extraordinary notwithstanding it will probably look before everything sight, the concept humans can turn into divine is a routine one from antiquity to the current, not just in 'pagan' Hellenistic contexts yet in Christian and Islamic ones in addition. M. David Litwa's very well-researched and eminently readable assessment fills a huge gap."
--W. J. Hanegraaff, college of Amsterdam
M. David Litwa (PhD) is at the moment an teacher in Greek on the collage of Virginia. he's writer of We Are Being reworked: Deification in Paul's Soteriology (de Gruyter, 2012) and Iesus Deus: The Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God (Fortress, forthcoming).
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