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A Site of Blessings, Dreams, and Wonders: The Saint's Shrine as Crucible of Christianization

Haunting Religion

David Frankfurter (Boston University) and Jacco Dieleman (UCLA) present at the Haunting Religion seminar. 

The "Haunting Religion" seminar sponsored by the Center for Religion and Civic Culture's Interdisciplinary Research Group, presents lectures by David Frankfurter and Jacco Dieleman. 

David Frankfurter is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions with specialties in Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, magical texts, popular religion, and Egypt in the Roman and late antique periods. Frankfurter’s particular interests revolve around theoretical issues like the place of magic in religion, the relationship of religion and violence, the nature of Christianization, and the representation of evil in culture.

A professor at Boston University, Frankfurter teaches courses on Western religions, comparative religions, Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, and the documents of early Christianity, including extra-canonical sources, magical texts, and saints’ lives.

Jacco Dieleman, assistant professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, explores the intercultural and innovative milieu of Greco-Egyptian religion, magic, and literature. He is currently developing the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. Dielman's paper is titled, "From Pharaonic to Greco-Egyptian Magic: The Case of Textual Amulets."

Haunting Religion is organized by Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion and Lynn Swartz Dodd, director of the Archaeology Research Center at USC. The seminars focus on religious conceptions of, and responses to, the dead, the paranormal, the supernatural, and the otherworldly. 

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