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Book cover of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

"A clever and delightful book . . . provides a fresh perspective on the infancy gospels by interpreting them as 'family gospels.'"
—Caroline Schroeder, University of the Pacific

"An enjoyable and compelling study of two under-researched 'family gospels.'"
—Michael Kochenash, Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels
Christopher A. Frilingos

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Isn't home the place where we truly know others and where, in turn, others know us? No, is the surprising answer in a pair of unusual early Christian gospels, usually known as "infancy gospels." Jesus, Mary, and Joseph approaches the books instead as family gospels, which present Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in moments of weakness and strength. Stories of dysfunction in the holy family reminded early Christians of the canyon separating human ignorance and divine knowledge. And the acts of courage and love depicted in the family gospels taught early Christian readers about the worth of human relationships.

Read the Table of Contents and an excerpt from the Preface. And read a blog post about the book: Family and Fantasy: How Early Christians Imagined Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at Home.

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Book cover of Spectacles of Empire

"What makes Frilingos's study so enjoyable is the breadth, sophistication, and clarity of his presentation as he uses insights drawn from recent scholarship on the classical world to elucidate selected passages in Revelation."
—Michele Renee Salzman, University of California, Riverside

Spectacles of Empire: Monsters, Martyrs, and the Book of Revelation
Christopher A. Frilingos

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The book of Revelation presents a daunting picture of the destruction of the world, complete with clashing gods, a multiheaded beast, armies of heaven, and the final judgment of mankind. The bizarre conclusion to the New Testament is routinely cited as an example of the early Christian renunciation of the might and values of Rome. But Spectacles of Empire argues that the public displays of the Roman Empire—the games of the arena, the execution of criminals, the civic veneration of the emperor—offer a plausible context for reading Revelation. Like the spectacles that attracted audiences from one end of the Mediterranean Sea to the other, Revelation shares a preoccupation with matters of viewing, domination, and masculinity.