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The Emergence of Monotheistic Rhetoric in Ancient Judah

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134803
eISBN:
9780199834655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513480X.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Monotheism is addressed in the context of the polytheisms of ancient Ugarit and early Israel. Within the Bible, monotheism is not a separate stage of religion in ancient Israel, as it is customarily ... More


A Brief History of Misotheism

Bernard Schweizer

in Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199751389
eISBN:
9780199894864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751389.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter offers a sweeping historical overview of misotheism. The major stopping points along this compelling history of ideas are: the Book of Job, Epicurus, Ovid, St. Augustine, Thomas Paine, ... More


World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age

C. Kavin Rowe

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195377873
eISBN:
9780199869459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377873.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This book engages constructively the cultural power of the theological vision of the Acts of the Apostles. According to Acts, the apocalypse of God in Jesus of Nazareth entails the formation of a new ... More


The Apocalypse of Acts and the Life of Truth

C. Kavin Rowe

in World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195377873
eISBN:
9780199869459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377873.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Reading Acts as lively political theology in its time necessarily raises questions that directly relate to several crucial contemporary problems. Indeed, the argument is that engaging Acts in this ... More


The Hermeneutics of Reading Genesis after Darwin

Richard S. Briggs

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

This chapter looks at the issues occupying the interpretation of Genesis at the time of Darwin and notes that the impact of the discovery of ancient Near Eastern creation accounts came at more or ... More


Introduction

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134803
eISBN:
9780199834655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513480X.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The first part of this introduction discusses the scope of the study presented in the book, starting by examining the different approaches to divinity that may be taken--regarding it as distinct from ... More


The Diffusion of Cults and Philosophies in the Pagan Roman Empire

GOODMAN MARTIN

in Mission and Conversion: Proselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263876
eISBN:
9780191682674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263876.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World, Judaism

This chapter examines whether any pagan at any time felt a sense of mission to encourage others to share his beliefs, whether such mission was educational, apologetic, informative, or proselytizing, ... More


Statues in the Temples of Pompeii: Combinations of Gods, Local Definition of Cults, and the Memory of the City 1

William Van Andringa

in Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199572069
eISBN:
9780191738739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572069.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Pompeian citizens were surrounded by the sacred. Not only were there a lot of cult places in the town, there were also crowds of statues of divinities inside each sanctuary, usually set up as votive ... More


The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637980
eISBN:
9780748670758
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This book explores the Greek gods from Homer to Late Antiquity. The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Yet even though Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus ... More


Qurʼānic Exegesis and History

Gerald Hawting

in With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195137279
eISBN:
9780199849482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137279.003.0026
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

One of the fundamental ingredients of Qurʼānic commentaries is elucidation of who is addressed or referred to in the various passages of the scripture. For example, Q 2:6–7 refers to a group that ... More


Identities of Gods and Heroes: Athenian Garden Sanctuaries and Gendered Rites of Passage

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637980
eISBN:
9780748670758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Among the many places of worship that could be found in the territory of the city of Athens and its chôra during the classical period, several offer remarkable configurations of nature: the sanctuary ... More


Christian Apologists and Greek Gods

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637980
eISBN:
9780748670758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0024
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Greek gods and polytheism as a distinctive feature of Graeco-Roman culture and religion was a favourite theme among the Christian Apologists of the second century AD. This chapter analyses both their ... More


Anti Social Trinitarianism

Brian Leftow

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199216215
eISBN:
9780191695995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216215.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that there are two major problems for Social Trinitarianism. The first challenge it faces is to explain why its three Persons are ‘not three Gods, but one God’, and to do so ... More


Trinity Monotheism

Daniel Howard-Snyder

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199216215
eISBN:
9780191695995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216215.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter formulates several criticisms of the analogies of Social Trinitarianism, particularly Craig's. It questions whether there could even be such a thing as Cerberus at all. It argues that ... More


What is A Greek God?

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637980
eISBN:
9780748670758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The Greeks were polytheists who believed in a multitude of gods. In the modern discussion of Greek religion the gods take second place to ritual, and the study of individual gods is privileged over ... More


Polytheism and Society at Athens

Robert Parker

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199216116
eISBN:
9780191705847
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216116.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This book makes use of recently discovered archaeological and epigraphical evidence to give an account of the religious life of ancient Athens. The city's many festivals are discussed in detail, with ... More


Mucianus and a Touch of the Miraculous: Pilgrimage and Tourism in Roman Asia Minor

George Williamson

in Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity: Seeing the Gods

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199237913
eISBN:
9780191716713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237913.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines the temple-visiting habits of C. Licinius Mucianus, a Roman governor in the age of Vespasian, and a writer of Republican history. It considers the functions and status of ... More


Introduction

Robert Parker

in Polytheism and Society at Athens

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199216116
eISBN:
9780191705847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216116.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This book is a kind of long commentary on the religious themes in Aristophanes and Theophrastus and the rest in ancient Athens. It is about the pervasiveness and the taken-for-grantedness of religion ... More


Cross-Cultural Bonds Between Ancient Greece and Africa: Implications for Contemporary Staging Practices

John Djisenu

in Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199296101
eISBN:
9780191712135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Cross-cultural bonds exist between Africa and ancient Greece that have inspired some African playwrights to model their dramas on Greek mythological plays. A number of African playwrights currently ... More


Changing Choral Worlds: Song-Dance and Society in Athens and Beyond

Barbara Kowalzig

in Music and the Muses: The Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199242399
eISBN:
9780191714078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter is concerned with the changes in choral performance between the archaic world and that of classical Athens. It notes the paradox that whereas democracy brought with it a widening in the ... More


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