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Book: Thinking with J. Z. Smith

Chapter: 18. A Response to Andie Alexander and Aaron Hughes

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44399


Willi Braun wrote a response to that podcast episode for The Religious Studies Project, which he has kindly edited and expanded for this volume. As he observes, “it remains lamentable that there are many scholars who seem not to read Smith’s work seriously. True, his writings and arguments are complex and difficult. I recall an old pronouncement by the classical Athenian orator and rhetorician, Isocrates: ‘The roots of education are bitter, but its fruit is sweet.’ The aphorism applies to the work, and it is work, of reading, thinking with and translating Smith for our students.”

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