Prophets, Prophecy, and Oracles in the Roman Empire

Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman Cultures

Author: Leslie Kelly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351243519

Category: History

Page: 98

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This book surveys the uses and function of prophecy, prophets, and oracles among Jews, Christians, and pagans in the first three centuries of the Roman Empire and explores how prophecy and prophetic texts functioned as a common language that enabled religious discourse to develop between these groups. It shows that each of these cultures believed that it was in prophetic texts and prophetic utterances that they could find the surest proof of their religious beliefs and a strong confirmation of their group identity.

Prophets and Emperors

Human and Divine Authority from Augustus to Theodosius

Author: David Potter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780674437050


Page: 296

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To the practical modern mind, the idea of divine prophecy is more ludicrous than sublime. Yet to our cultural forebears in ancient Greece and Rome, prophecy was anything but marginal; it was in fact the basic medium for recalling significant past events and expressing hopes for the future, and it offered assurance that divinities truly cared about mere mortals. Prophecy also served political ends, and it was often invoked to support or condemn an emperor's actions. In Prophets and Emperors, David Potter shows us how prophecy worked, how it could empower, and how the diverse inhabitants of the Roman Empire used it to make sense of their world. This is a fascinating account of prophecy as a social, religious, and political phenomenon. The various systems of prophecy--including sacred books, oracles, astrological readings, interpretation of dreams, the sayings of holy men and women--come into sharp relief. Potter explores the use of prophecy as a nieans of historical analysis and political communication, and he describes it in the context of the ancient city. Finally, he traces the reformation of the prophetic tradition under the influence of Christianity in the fourth century. Drawing on diverse evidence--from inscriptions and ancient prophetic books to Greek and Roman historians and the Bible--Potter has produced a study that will engage anyone interested in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean and in the history and politics of the Roman Empire.

The Sibylline Oracles

Author: John Floyer Knight, Sir

Publisher: Trumpet Press

ISBN: 1461050014

Category: Philosophy

Page: 174

View: 1903

The first English translation of The Sibylline Oracles, now revised and updated into modern English. The original author also presents interpretation that is often insightful, with historical details that is invaluable to anyone who seeks to understand the oracles. Unlike the critics, the author believes in the authenticity of the oracles and presents good arguments and evidence for that belief. This book only contains books 1-8 because the other books of the oracles were not discovered and published until the 19th century.Please leave a review of this book, thanks.

Prophecies: 4,000 Years of Prophets, Visionaries and Predictions

Author: Tony Allan

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 1780283407

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 8213

Discover how accurate past visions of the future have turned out to be and explore the continuity of the prophetic tradition. This is a fascinating anthology of amazing and curious stories - such as clairvoyant dreams about the sinking of the Titanic and the Reichstaag Fire in Berlin. It includes features on ancient shamans and soothsayers, Egyptian dream analysis, Greek oracles and Roman auguries, the ancient roots of astrology, messianic visionaries, medieval seers, African systems of divination, Aztec prophecies of cataclysms, the mysteries of Pachacamac, Nostradamus and his "Centuries" and the futurism of H. G. Wells.

Seers, Sibyls, and Sages in Hellenistic-Roman Judaism

Author: John Joseph Collins

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9780391041103

Category: Religion

Page: 438

View: 8389

John J. Collins offers readers a model for the scholarly study of all aspects of Judaism, from the Persian period through Late Antiqity, including its influence on early Christianity. The essays are thematically grouped to cover the problem of the Canon in Second Temple Judaism and deal with apocalypticism, the Book of Daniel, the Sibylline Oracles, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also analyzed is the relationship between Wisdom and the Apocalypticism. This volume brings together over two decades of research by a leading authority in the field of Judaism. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.

Religions of Rome: Volume 2, A Sourcebook

Author: Mary Beard,John North,S. R. F. Price

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521456463

Category: History

Page: 428

View: 4782

This book, the second of the two volumes that make up Religions of Rome, presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world from the early Republic to the late Empire (both visual evidence and texts in translation). More than just a "sourcebook," it explores some of the major themes and problems of Roman religion (such as sacrifice, the religious calendar, divination and prediction). Each document has an introduction, explanatory notes and bibliography, and is used as the starting point for further discussion.

Prophetic Figures in Late Second Temple Jewish Palestine

The Evidence from Josephus

Author: Rebecca Gray

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195344899

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 7089

Isolated passages from the writings of Josephus are routinely cited in general studies of early Jewish prophecy, but the present work is the first comprehensive examination of this material. Gray begins with a discussion of the significance of the belief--widely attested in Jewish sources from the late Second Temple period--that prophecy had ceased. She proceeds to outline a general theory about the nature and status of prophecy in this period. Giving careful consideration to the prophetic claims that Josephus makes for himself, she argues that these claims are more substantial and more important for understanding Josephus than is usually thought. Gray goes on to examine Josephus' reports concerning prophecy among the Essenes and Pharisees, and his accounts of the activities of the "sign prophets" and other figures. In every instance, Gray interprets the evidence about prophecy in relation to Josephus' personal career and his thought and work as a whole. Drawing on a range of evidence, much of which has not played a significant role in other studies of early Jewish prophecy, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Josephus, the history of prophecy in Israel, or the historical Jesus.

'And So We Came to Rome '

The Political Perspective of St Luke

Author: Paul W. Walaskay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521020565

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 6968

This book raises questions about Luke's apology, and refutes the traditional view that he was writing an apologia pro ecclesia.

The Roman Army and the Expansion of the Gospel

The Role of the Centurion in Luke-Acts

Author: Alexander Kyrychenko

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110374757

Category: Religion

Page: 238

View: 6709

What is the literary function of centurions in the story of Luke-Acts? To answer this question, the book considers these NT texts alongside the Greco-Roman and Jewish sources that offer insights into the Roman military. It demonstrates a common perception of centurions as principal representatives of the imperial power and views their role in Luke-Acts as prototypical Gentile believers in anticipation of the Christian mission to the Empire.

Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World

Author: David Edward Aune

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802806352

Category: Religion

Page: 522

View: 6632

Aune's comprehensive study of early Christian prophecy includes a review of its antecedents (Greco-Roman oracles, ancient Israelite prophecy, prophecy in early Judaism), a discussion of Jesus as prophet, and analyses of Christian prophetic speeches from Paul to the middle of the second century A.D.

Literary Structure and Setting in Ezekiel

Author: Tyler D. Mayfield

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161502729

Category: Religion

Page: 236

View: 9956

Tyler D. Mayfield addresses the literary structure and literary setting of the book of Ezekiel in order to read Ezekiel as a deliberate work of literature, a prophetic composition with a highly-structured form and an intentional placement of units.

The Omphalos and the Cross

Pagans and Christians in Search of a Divine Center

Author: Paul Ciholas

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865547834

Category: Religion

Page: 513

View: 4062

"In The Omphalos and the Cross. Paul Ciholas shows how the religious climate of antiquity forced Christians to grapple with Apollonian religion and its hold over citizens of the Roman Empire. Every effort was made by the early church to convince Christians that the welfare of all required that they be good citizens and respect Roman authority. Yet Christian faith compelled them to oppose what they would like to have supported. In a post-Constantine cultural and religious setting Christian theology was marked by a dialectical tension in which the spiritual could no longer be freed from the secular or the eternal from the temporal." "The Omphalos and the Cross offers a fresh look at the cultural environment of early Christianity. Interdisciplinary in nature, this work establishes a background for Christianity that not only reaches back to the Old Testament but also to the lengthy development of Greco-Roman religious and philosophical traditions that determined part of the path the early church had to follow to stay alive and prosper."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Reading Prophetic Books

Form, Intertextuality, and Reception in Prophetic and Post-Biblical Literature

Author: Marvin A. Sweeney

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161523748

Category: Religion

Page: 424

View: 2096

In this volume, Marvin A. Sweeney builds upon his former work Form and Intertextuality in Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature (FAT 45, 2005). He introduces further studies that take up several key issues, including the reading of prophetic books in their final literary form and the significance of textual versions for this reading. He also observes the intertextual relationships between the prophets and other works of biblical and post-biblical literature, and the reception of the prophetic books. Following an introduction that lays out methodological perspective, it includes the title essay for the volume, Reading Prophetic Books, as well as selections of papers devoted to Isaiah, Jeremiah in both its Masoretic and Septuagint forms, Ezekiel, individual books from the Twelve Prophets, and the reading of biblical texts in Qumran, Rabbinic, and Targumic literature.

Die dunkle Prophezeiung

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3646929685

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9597

Apollo muss sich ja neuerdings als pickliger Junge Lester auf der Erde durchschlagen. Aber nun weiß er, was er tun muss, um seine Unsterblichkeit zurückzuerlangen: Er muss die alten Orakel, sein eigentliches Wirkungsfeld, wieder zum Leben erwecken. Mit dem Bronzedrachen Festus fliegt er quer durch die USA, um nach einem Höhlenorakel zu suchen. Doch seine Gegenspieler, der alte römische Kaiser Nero und seine zwei Mitstreiter, wollen ihn daran hindern und laufen zu ganz neuer Fiesheit auf ... Die Serie »Die Abenteuer des Apollo« ist auf 5 Bände angelegt. Bisher erschienen: Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das verborgene Orakel (Band 1) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Die dunkle Prophezeiung (Band 2) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das brennende Labyrinth (Band 3)

The Book of Revelation

Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy

Author: John Paul Heil

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630874167

Category: Religion

Page: 374

View: 8020

John Paul Heil presents an original analysis of the theme of worship in the book of Revelation guided by a new illustration of its comprehensive chiastic structure. The worship that Revelation exhorts and enables is in the divine Spirit of prophetic witness against all forms of idolatrous worship on earth in favor of a true, heavenly, and universal worship of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb, for an eternal and heavenly life. The audience begins this worship in the eucharistic supper into which Revelation leads them by inviting them to respond to the promise of Jesus, Yes, I am coming soon, with Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! They thereby affirm and welcome the coming of the Lord Jesus, the exalted sacrificial Lamb, to the eucharistic supper that anticipates his final coming and the divine grace, the gift of eternal life, of the Lord Jesus that is intended to be the destiny of all--The grace of the Lord Jesus with all!

The Prophetic Literature

Interpreting Biblical Texts Series

Author: Marvin A. Sweeney

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426730039

Category: Religion

Page: 162

View: 4945

Biblical Studies Biblical texts create worlds of meaning, and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are often strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the Interpreting Biblical Texts series is to help serious readers in their experience of reading and interpreting by providing guides for their journeys into textual worlds. The controlling perspective is expressed in the operative word of the title--interpreting. The primary focus of the series is not so much on the world behind the texts or out of which the texts have arisen as on the worlds created by the texts in their engagement with readers. Although these books of the prophets are based upon the careers and experiences of some of the most talented and provocative individuals of their times, the books must be read first as literature. Each book displays its own unique organization, literary characteristics, and theological outlook in presenting the prophets. In the case of Jeremiah, interpreters must even consider two distinctive forms of the book in the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Septuagint. By guiding the reader through the literary structure and language of each of the prophetic books as well as the social roles of the individual prophets, this volume opens the reader to greater understanding and appreciation of the prophets of Israel and Judah. "Fact packed and crystal clear, Marvin Sweeney’s Interpreting Biblical Texts: The Prophetic Literature invites readers to tour the landscape of ancient Israel’s Latter Prophets corpus. Sweeney serves as a first-rate guide, equipping readers with basic knowledge to grasp, and grapple with, the literary legacies of the canonical prophets. True to the series title, he interprets texts with an eye to major, dynamic themes in Jewish and Christian traditions. The volume proves a reliable guidebook for readers wishing not only to survey, but also to engage in dialogue with, ancient Israel’s canonical prophets." Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Boston University "The aim of the series Interpreting Biblical Texts is pedagogical. This well-written, easy to follow, and coherent book serves its purpose well. More importantly, it certainly invites and guides its readers in the enterprise of interacting with the prophetic books in a way that is informed by recent, academic scholarship on this literature." Ehud Ben Zvi, History and Classics & Interdisciplinary Program of Religious Studies, University of Alberta "This is a new and interesting approach to the prophetic literature, which will be illuminating for theological reflection in our own post-Holocaust era." John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology, and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.

Revelation and the End Times

Unraveling God's Message of Hope

Author: Ben Witherington

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 0687660068

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 7574

A trustworthy guide to the rich and perplexing symbolism of the Book of Revelation.