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Introduction. The Shape and Nature of Mantological Material as Factors for Exegesis

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198266990
eISBN:
9780191600593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198266995.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Introduces the topic of mantological exegesis, this being the interpretation and reinterpretation of prophecies, oracles, and other prognostications over time. The discussion begins with a ... More


The Mantological Exegesis of Dreams, Visions, and Omens

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198266990
eISBN:
9780191600593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198266995.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Treats the mantological exegesis of dreams, visions, and omens. It begins with a form‐critical presentation of their related types and terms; it also discusses some of the technical means and modes ... More


Omen Lists in Babylonian Culture

Marc Van De Mieroop

in Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines Babylonian divinatory writings that guided the interpretation of the signs of the gods, with particular emphasis on the omen lists. These writings are overly abundant and highly ... More


The Structure of Knowledge of the Universe

Marc Van De Mieroop

in Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on Babylonian omen lists. The omen was always part of a list that presented a series of individual cases. With its interest in every aspect of the universe, divination’s scope ... More


The tangled ways of Zeus

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the presentation of Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon. He desires that Agamemnon should lead the Greek army to punish the Trojans for Paris's abduction of Helen, yet sends an omen ... More


The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos?

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter notes that the omen of the eagles and the hare (Aeschylus, Agamemnon 108–20) is described as having appeared to Agamemnon and Menelaus ‘near the house’, and argues that the ‘house’ ... More


Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Peter T. Struck

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This book casts a new perspective on the rich tradition of ancient divination—the reading of divine signs in oracles, omens, and dreams. Popular attitudes during classical antiquity saw these ... More


The Astronomical Situation around the Year 1000

Bradldy E. SchaeFer

in The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Religious Expectation and Social Change, 950-1050

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161625
eISBN:
9780199849666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161625.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Humanity has a long record of reacting strongly to heavenly spectacles. Celestial events can be regarded as omens for many reasons. Eclipses and meteor showers impress any observer with the awesome ... More


Animal Magic

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

No clear demarcation line separates humans from animals in Banaras, either in theory or in practice. Just as Americans speak English with little reflection on rules of grammar, so Banarsis interact ... More


The foundation

Augusto Fraschetti

in The Foundation of Rome

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621200
eISBN:
9780748651030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621200.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter pays more attention to certain highly typical features related to the auspices and the death of Remus. With regard to the auspices, it notes those of the twins' attributes that might be ... More


The House of Death

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The momentum of the first half of the saga is further sustained by devices which underscore the perceptions of the protagonists involved. Besides formal prophecies, Conaire's last journey is ... More


· The Role and Image of the Seer

Michael Attyah Flower

in The Seer in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520252295
eISBN:
9780520934009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252295.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

What the Greeks called “the craft of divination” (mantik ē technē) was the art of interpreting the meaning of signs that were sent by the gods. The god-sent sign was the instrument of mediation ... More


Inequalities in health service provision: how research findings are ignored

Walter Barker and Colin Chalmers

in Tackling inequalities: Where are we now and what can be done?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861341464
eISBN:
9781447303633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter considers the extent to which all governments pay little attention to or ignore research findings. It discusses examples, from the field of health, where evidence has been ignored. The ... More


Prayers and Answers

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through Roman Periods

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916405
eISBN:
9780199980277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines the prayers that form the core of sacrifice, points out the moral and theological requirements that both prayers and worshippers must meet, and lays out the multiple means ... More


A God Says No

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through Roman Periods

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916405
eISBN:
9780199980277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

A god’s ability to say yes implies an ability to say no, the subject of this chapter, which surveys varied negative responses to sacrifice, from refusals to give oracles to spectacular bad omens. The ... More


Speaking Magic in Fontane’s <i>The Stechlin</i>

Eric Downing

in The Chain of Things: Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850-1940

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501715907
eISBN:
9781501715938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715907.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on Theodor Fontane’s late “Gesellschaftsroman,” Der Stechlin. It explores his investment in divinatory readings via omens, anecdotes, names, and the natural world in earlier ... More


Introduction

Paul B. Moyer

in The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801454134
eISBN:
9781501701450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801454134.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This introductory chapter describes New England's Dark Day, when daylight was replaced by darkness across the region as fog, clouds, and smoke from fires set by thousands of frontier settlers ... More


Introduction

Thomas James Dandelet

in Spanish Rome, 1500-1700

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300089561
eISBN:
9780300133776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300089561.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This book delves into a period when the Italian Renaissance was in full bloom and focuses on two events that took place in Rome, which served as signs of a deep-seated transformation occurring within ... More


The Future of Newborn Screening

Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder

in Saving Babies?: The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924977
eISBN:
9780226924991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924991.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

The book concludes by enumerating at least five contemporary omens that signal the possible futures of newborn screening. The first omen suggests a future in which screening for rare genetic ... More


Argive Augury and Portents in the Thebaid

Anne Tuttle

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the thematic significance of omens and portents in Statius’ Thebaid. It also provides an overview of and considers its intertextual relationship with other Latin epics with ... More


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