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Shoemaker, Stephen J. 1968-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 92 publications in 1 language and 2,946 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sermons 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: BP55, 297.635
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stephen J Shoemaker
The life of the Virgin by Maximus( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long overlooked by scholars, this seventh-century Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, is the earliest complete Marian biography. Originally written in Greek and now surviving only in Old Georgian, it is here translated for the first time into English. It is a work that holds profound significance for understanding the history of late ancient and medieval Christianity, providing a rich source for understanding the history of Christian piety. This Life is especially remarkable for its representation of Mary's prominent involvement in her son's ministry and her leadership of the early Christian community. In particular, it reveals highly developed devotion to Mary's compassionate suffering at the Crucifixion, anticipating by several centuries an influential medieval style of devotion known as 'affective piety' whose origins generally have been confined to the Western High Middle Ages."--Jacket
The death of a prophet : the end of Muhammad's life and the beginnings of Islam by Stephen J Shoemaker( )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The oldest Islamic biography of Muhammad, written in the mid-eighth century, relates that the prophet died at Medina in 632, while earlier and more numerous Jewish, Christian, Samaritan, and even Islamic sources indicate that Muhammad survived to lead the conquest of Palestine, beginning in 634-35. Although this discrepancy has been known for several decades, Stephen J. Shoemaker here writes the first systematic study of the various traditions. Using methods and perspectives borrowed from biblical studies, Shoemaker concludes that these reports of Muhammad's leadership during the Palestinian invasion likely preserve an early Islamic tradition that was later revised to meet the needs of a changing Islamic self-identity. Muhammad and his followers appear to have expected the world to end in the immediate future, perhaps even in their own lifetimes, Shoemaker contends. When the eschatological Hour failed to arrive on schedule and continued to be deferred to an ever more distant point, the meaning of Muhammad's message and the faith that he established needed to be fundamentally rethought by his early followers. The larger purpose of The Death of a Prophet exceeds the mere possibility of adjusting the date of Muhammad's death by a few years; far more important to Shoemaker are questions about the manner in which Islamic origins should be studied. The difference in the early sources affords an important opening through which to explore the nature of primitive Islam more broadly. Arguing for greater methodological unity between the study of Christian and Islamic origins, Shoemaker emphasizes the potential value of non-Islamic sources for reconstructing the history of formative Islam. -- Product Description
Ancient traditions of the Virgin Mary's dormition and assumption by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions are a collection of over 60 different narratives, preserved in 9 ancient languages, that commemorate the end of the Virgin Mary's life. This study aims to make this collection more accessible by analyzing the liturgical, archaeological, and narrative sources of the earliest traditions of Mary's death. Several of the most important narratives appear here in English for the first time
Mary in early Christian faith and devotion by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time a noted historian of Christianity explores the full story of the emergence and development of the Marian cult in the early Christian centuries. The means by which Mary, mother of Jesus, came to prominence have long remained strangely overlooked despite, or perhaps because of, her centrality in Christian devotion. Gathering together fresh information from often neglected sources, including early liturgical texts and Dormition and Assumption apocrypha, Stephen Shoemaker reveals that Marian devotion played a far more vital role in the development of early Christian belief and practice than has been previously recognized, finding evidence that dates back to the latter half of the second century. Through extensive research, the author is able to provide a fascinating background to the hitherto inexplicable "explosion" of Marian devotion that historians and theologians have pondered for decades, offering a wide-ranging study that challenges many conventional beliefs surrounding the subject of Mary, Mother of God
The apocalypse of empire : imperial eschatology in late antiquity and early Islam by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen J. Shoemaker argues that earliest Islam was a movement driven by urgent eschatological belief that focused on the conquest, or liberation, of the biblical Holy Land and situates this belief within a broader cultural environment of apocalyptic anticipation. Shoemaker looks to the Qur'an's fervent representation of the imminent end of the world and the importance Muhammad and his earliest followers placed on imperial expansion. Offering important contemporary context for the imperial eschatology that seems to have fueled the rise of Islam, he surveys the political eschatologies of early Byzantine Christianity, Judaism, and Sasanian Zoroastrianism at the advent of Islam and argues that they often relate imperial ambition to beliefs about the end of the world. Moreover, he contends, formative Islam's embrace of this broader religious trend of Mediterranean late antiquity provides invaluable evidence for understanding the beginnings of the religion at a time when sources are generally scarce and often highly problematic. Scholarship on apocalyptic literature in early Judaism and Christianity frequently maintains that the genre is decidedly anti-imperial in its very nature. While it may be that early Jewish apocalyptic literature frequently displays this tendency, Shoemaker demonstrates that this quality is not characteristic of apocalypticism at all times and in all places. In the late antique Mediterranean as in the European Middle Ages, apocalypticism was regularly associated with ideas of imperial expansion and triumph, which expected the culmination of history to arrive through the universal dominion of a divinely chosen world empire
The dormition and assumption apocrypha by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume gathers a dozen essays by the author on the ancient traditions of Mary's Dormition and Assumption, all of which expand on the work published in his major study on this topic, 'The Ancient Traditions of Mary's Dormition and Assumption' (Oxford, 2002). The essays were originally published between 1999 and 2011 and cover a broad range of topics in relation to traditions about the end of Mary's life, from ancient gnostic Christianity to Christian anti-Judaism to the beginnings of Marian veneration. Although each of these items was previously published in another venue, for the first time this volume makes these writings on the Virgin's Dormition available together, offering an important supplement and in some cases update of the earlier monograph. While its chapters remain largely faithful to the original publications in their content, when appropriate, they have been selectively updated to account for more recent research
Mary and the discourse of orthodoxy : early Christian identity and the ancient Dormition legends by Stephen J Shoemaker( )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cult of fashion : the earliest Life of the Virgin and Constantinople's Marian relics by Stephen J Shoemaker( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Life of the Virgin Maximus the Confessor by Stephen J Shoemaker( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long overlooked by scholars, this seventh-century Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, is the earliest complete Marian biography. Originally written in Greek and now surviving only in Old Georgian, it is now translated for the first time into English. It is a work that holds profound significance for understanding the history of late ancient and medieval Christianity, providing a rich source for understanding the history of Christian piety. This Life is especially remarkable for its representation of Mary's prominent involvement in her son's ministry and her leadership of the early Christian community. In particular, it reveals highly developed devotion to Mary's compassionate suffering at the Crucifixion, anticipating by several centuries an influential medieval style of devotion known as "affective piety" whose origins generally have been confined to the Western High Middle Ages
Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption (Oxford early Christian studies) by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Three Christian martyrdoms from early Islamic Palestine : parallel Georgian-English and Greek-English texts( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The life of the virgin by Maximus( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad's Life and the Beginnings of Islam (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion) by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Sahidic Coptic homily on the Dormition of the Virgin attributed to Evodius of Rome : an edition from Morgan MSS 596 & 598, with translation by Stephen J Shoemaker( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oxford early Christian studies( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The first Christian hymnal : the songs of the ancient Jerusalem church : parallel Georgian-English texts( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Three Christian martyrdoms from early Islamic Palestine( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Ancient traditions of the Virgin Mary's dormition and assumption
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Oxford early Christian studies
Alternative Names
Shoemaker, Stephen James

Shoemaker, Stephen James 1968-

Languages
English (91)