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Russell, Jeffrey Burton

Overview
Works: 70 works in 544 publications in 5 languages and 21,309 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Bibliography  Miscellanea  Biography 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other, Editor
Classifications: BT981, 235.47
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Most widely held works about Jeffrey Burton Russell
 
Most widely held works by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Witchcraft in the Middle Ages by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

37 editions published between 1972 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history.Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Professor Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of witchcraft in terms of its social and religious environment, particularly in relation to medieval heresies. He treats European witchcraft as a product of Christianity, grounded in heresy more than in the magic and sorcery that have existed in other societies. Skillfully blending narration with analysis, he shows how social and religious changes nourished the spread of witchcraft until large portions of medieval Europe were in its grip, "from the most illiterate peasant to the most skilled philosopher or scientist."A significant chapter in the history of ideas and their repression is illuminated by this book. Our growing fascination with the occult gives the author's affirmation that witchcraft arises at times and in areas afflicted with social tensions a special quality of immediacy
The Devil : perceptions of evil from antiquity to primitive Christianity by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

45 editions published between 1977 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil from its beginning in ancient times to the period of the New Testament. Drawing upon a vast number of sources from diverse cultures over a broad span of time, considering both the thought of individuals and popular tradition, and utilizing sources from art as well as literature. The author looks at the roots of the idea of evil, deals with the development of the idea in the Ancient Near East, and then concentrates the concept of the Devil as it was formed in late Judaism and early Christianity
A history of witchcraft, sorcerers, heretics, and pagans by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

49 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 1,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing comparisons between modern sorcery and that of the ancient world, the authors show how the European witch craze in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries developed out of a combination of ancient sorcery and medieval Christian heresy, paganism, folklore, scholastic theology, and inquisitorial trials. Whether the diabolical witchcraft for which men and women went to the stake ever existed is open to question. What matters more is that it was believed to exist by intellectuals and peasants alike. 110 illustrations
Lucifer, the Devil in the Middle Ages by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

40 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 1,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satan : the early Christian tradition by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

30 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 1,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the Christian concept of evil through the fifth century, examines the development of the theological conception of Satan, and discusses modern perceptions of evil
A history of heaven : the singing silence by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Well known for his historical accounts of Satan and hell, Jeffrey Burton Russell here explores the brighter side of eternity: heaven. Dispensing with the cliche images of goodness that can make even heaven seem unbearable, the author stimulates our imagination with a history of how the joy of paradise has been conceived by writers, philosophers, and artists for whom heaven was an imminent reality. Russell not only explores concepts found among the ancient Jews, Greeks, and Romans, as well as early and medieval Christians, but also addresses the intellectual problems heaven poses: how does time "pass" in eternity? is heaven a place or a state? who is in and who is not? what happens to the body and soul between death and Judgment Day? Russell stresses that the best way to approach the logic-defying concept of a place occupying neither space nor time is through poetry and paradox, and through the visions of such mystics as Bernard, Julian of Norwich, and Eckhart." "Using current scholarly insights together with a vast store of knowledge gathered from the past, Russell takes the idea of heaven as valid and important in itself - something to be understood from the point of view of those believing in it. His very use of language immerses us in the thoughts of those who have sought heaven and provides rich material for contemplation."--Jacket
A history of medieval Christianity : prophecy & order by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

41 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in English and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mephistopheles : the Devil in the modern world by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Prince of Darkness : radical evil and the power of good in history by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

29 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissent and reform in the early Middle Ages by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

22 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inventing the flat earth : Columbus and modern historians by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the facts behind the deceiving myths that have been professed about Columbus and his time
Paradise mislaid : how we lost heaven--and how we can regain it by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Christian concept of heaven flourished for almost two millennia, but it has lost much of its power in the last hundred years. Indeed today even theologians tend to avoid the topic. But heaven has always been a central tenet of the Christian faith, writes Jeffrey Burton Russell. If there is no heaven, no resurrection of the dead, the entire Christian story makes no sense. In this stimulating book, Russell sets out to rehabilitate heaven by forcefully attacking a series of ideas that have made belief in heaven, not to mention belief in God, increasingly difficult for modern people."--Jacket
Religious dissent in the Middle Ages by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

12 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissent and order in the Middle Ages : the search for legitimate authority by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dissent and Order in the Middle Ages will appeal to, and challenge, all readers interested in European history, from beginning students to seasoned scholars, as well as those concerned with Christianity's past--and future."--Jacket
Medieval heresies : a bibliography, 1960-1979 by Carl T Berkhout( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval civilization by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

16 editions published between 1967 and 2005 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exposing myths about Christianity : a guide to answering 145 viral lies and legends by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines a wide array of common misperceptions, characterizations, stereotypes, caricatures and outright myths about Christianity that circulate heavily within today's society, and are even believed by many Christians. In a succinct and engaging manner, Russell discusses these errors and provides thoughtful, even-handed, carefully researched and sharp-witted responses
The devil, heresy, and witchcraft in the Middle Ages : essays in honor of Jeffrey B. Russell( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographie des Teufels : das radikal Böse und die Macht des Guten in der Welt by Jeffrey Burton Russell( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in German and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Witchcraft in the Middle Ages
Alternative Names
Burton Russell, Jeffrey

Burton Russell, Jeffrey 1934-

Jeffrey Burton Russel

Jeffrey Burton Russell Amerikaans historicus

Jeffrey Burton Russell historiador estadounidense

Jeffrey Burton Russell historien américain

Rasel, Džefri Berton

Russell, Jeffrey B.

Russell, Jeffrey B. 1934-

Russell, Jeffrey B. (Jeffrey Burton)

Russell, Jeffrey B. (Jeffrey Burton), 1934-

Russell, Jeffrey Burton 1934-

Рассел, Джеффри Бартон

ראסעל, ג'פרי ב.

러셀, 제프리 버튼

ジェフリー・バートン・ラッセル

ラッセル, J.B.

ラッセル, ジェフリー B.

ラッセル, ジェフリー バートン

ラッセル, ジャフリー B

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The Devil : perceptions of evil from antiquity to primitive ChristianityA history of witchcraft, sorcerers, heretics, and pagansLucifer, the Devil in the Middle AgesSatan : the early Christian traditionA history of heaven : the singing silenceA history of medieval Christianity : prophecy & orderMephistopheles : the Devil in the modern worldThe Prince of Darkness : radical evil and the power of good in history