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Smith, Jonathan Z.

Works: 37 works in 141 publications in 3 languages and 6,478 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terminology  History  Miscellanea  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree
Classifications: BL31, 113
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Most widely held works about Jonathan Z Smith
Most widely held works by Jonathan Z Smith
The HarperCollins dictionary of religion ( Book )
13 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and French and held by 1,584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers more than three thousand articles on the world of religion
Violent origins by Walter Burkert( )
15 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 1,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Imagining religion : from Babylon to Jonestown by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
13 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To take place : toward theory in ritual by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
16 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this broad-ranging inquiry into ritual and its relation to place, Jonathan Z. Smith prepares the way for a new approach to the comparative study of religion. Smith stresses the importance of place--in particular, constructed ritual environments--to a proper understanding of the ways in which "empty" actions become rituals. He structures his argument around the territories of the Tjilpa aborigines in Australia and two sites in Jerusalem--the temple envisioned by Ezekiel and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The first of these locales--the focus of one of the more important contemporary theories of religious ritual--allows Smith to raise questions concerning the enterprise of comparison. His close examination of Eliade's influential interpretation of the Tjilpa tradition leads to a powerful critique of the approach to religion, myth, and ritual that begins with cosmology and the category of "The Sacred." In substance and in method, To Take Place represents a significant advance toward a theory of ritual. It is of great value not only to historians of religion and students of ritual, but to all, whether social scientists or humanists, who are concerned with the nature of place."--Back cover
Drudgery divine : on the comparison of early Christianities and the religions of late antiquity by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
16 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this major theoretical and methodological statement on the history of religions, Jonathan Z. Smith shows how convert apologetic agendas can dictate the course of comparative religious studies. As his example, Smith reviews four centuries of scholarship comparing early Christianities with religions of late Antiquity (especially the so-called mystery cults) and shows how this scholarship has been based upon an underlying Protestant-Catholic polemic. The result is a devastating critique of traditional New Testament scholarship, a redescription of early Christianities as religious traditions amenable to comparison, and a milestone in Smith's controversial approach to comparative religious studies
Map is not territory : studies in the history of religions by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
11 editions published between 1978 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Relating religion : essays in the study of religion by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the most influential theorists of religion, Jonathan Z. Smith is best known for his analyses of religious studies as a discipline and for his advocacy and refinement of comparison as the basis for the history of religions. Relating Religion gathers seventeen essays--four of them never before published--that together provide the first broad overview of Smith's thinking since his seminal 1982 book, Imagining Religion. Smith first explains how he was drawn to the study of religion, outlines his own theoretical commitments, and draws the connections between his thinking and his concerns for general education. He then engages several figures and traditions that serve to define his interests within the larger setting of the discipline. The essays that follow consider the role of taxonomy and classification in the study of religion, the construction of difference, and the procedures of generalization and redescription that Smith takes to be key to the comparative enterprise. The final essays deploy features of Smith's most recent work, especially the notion of translation
On teaching religion : essays by Jonathan Z. Smith by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For more than thirty years, Jonathan Z. Smith has been among the most important voices of critical reflection within the academic study of religion. Smith has also produced a significant corpus of essays and lectures on teaching and on the essential role of academic scholarship on religion in matters of education and public policy. Education is not a side issue for Smith, and his essays continually shed light on fundamental questions. What differentiates college from high school? What are the proper functions of an introductory course? What functions should a department serve in undergraduate and graduate education? How should a major or concentration be conceived-if at all? What roles should the academic guilds play in public discourse on education and on religion? Most importantly, what does it mean to say that one is both a scholar and a teacher, and what responsibilities does this entail? Smith's writings on these crucial issues for education have been largely inaccessible until now. Some pieces in this book appeared in education journals, while others were collected in specialist volumes of conference proceedings. Many were originally delivered as keynote speeches to the American Academy of Religion and other major scholarly organizations, and although scholars reminisce about hearing Smith deliver them, the works themselves are not readily available. On Teaching Religion collects the best of these essays and lectures into one volume, along with a new essay by Smith."--Publisher's website
Introducing religion : essays in honor of Jonathan Z. Smith ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"To mark the contribution of one of the most influential theorists of religion, thirty-one leading scholars of religion from around the world put their minds together to work on problems of introducing "religion": as a category of human social practices, as a term that must be subject to scholarly theorizing, as a subject that must be carefully presented to students in the classroom. The claim of this volume is that the disciplined, cross-cultural and comparative study and teaching of religion in the academy is closely tied to the multi-level task of "introducing" (in the Latin sense of introducere) religion, of taking religion inside the academic discourses in the humanities and social sciences, of taking students - whether career academics or college students - inside religion as a set of ordinary human practices rather than initiating them into a sanctum of extraordinary knowledge about extraordinary things."--Jacket
Sanglantes origines entretiens avec Walter Burkert, Renato Rosaldo et Jonathan Z. Smith by René Girard( Book )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Differential equations : on constructing the 'other' by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical terms for religious studies ( Book )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical Terms for Religious Studies provides vocabulary with which religious diversity can be effectively described and responsibly discussed. Each essay provides a concise history of a critical term, explores the issues it raises, and puts the term to use in an analysis of a religious work, practice, or event. Moving across Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Native American and Mayan religions, contributors explore terms ranging from experience, territory, and image, to God, sacrifice, and transgression
The glory, jest and riddle ; James George Frazer and the Golden bough by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
5 editions published between 1969 and 2006 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cosmos and history: the myth of the eternal return by Mircea Eliade( Book )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian emigre-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and "primitive" religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to the "archaic" is no longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new introduction provides the contextual background to the book and presents a critical outline of Eliade's argument in a way that encourages readers to engage in an informed conversation with this classic text."--BOOK JACKET
Religious truth ( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Magie de la comparaison et autres essais d'histoire des religions by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Towards interpreting demonic powers in Hellenistic and Roman antiquity by Jonathan Z Smith( )
in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Map is not territory by Jonathan Z Smith( Book )
in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sanglantes origines by René Girard( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Festschrift for Jonathan Z. Smith ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Smith, Jonathan
Smith, Jonathan Zittell
English (114)
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