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The Political Function of Religion

Dominic J. O’Meara

in Platonopolis: Platonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199285532
eISBN:
9780191717819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285532.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter concerns the political importance of religion. Plato’s views on this theme are briefly sketched, as is the Neoplatonic interpretation of these views, with particular reference to Julian ... More


Specter of the Jews: Emperor Julian and the Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Syrian Antioch

Ari Finkelstein

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520298729
eISBN:
9780520970779
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520298729.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The book investigates how the emperor Julian (361–63 c.e.) uses Jews as ethnic Judeans in his hellenizing project to define Hellenic identity and to disqualify and delegitimize Christian ethnic ... More


Ancient Hellenistic Sources of Western Esotericism

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the ancient Hellenistic origins of Western esotericism. It explains that Western esoteric traditions have their basis in certain distinct patterns of thinking about the divine, ... More


Conclusion

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book has explored Isaac ben Samuel of Akko's intellectual persona, as well as the content and style of his literary creativity and the role of transmission and creative process in the ... More


Musical Metaphysics in Late Imperial Russia

Rebecca Mitchell

in Nietzsche's Orphans: Music, Metaphysics, and the Twilight of the Russian Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300208894
eISBN:
9780300216493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208894.003.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines the philosophical sources and evolution of musical metaphysics in late imperial Russia. Derived from a combination of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer ... More


Introduction: In Search of Unity

Rebecca Mitchell

in Nietzsche's Orphans: Music, Metaphysics, and the Twilight of the Russian Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300208894
eISBN:
9780300216493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208894.003.0007
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter emphasizes the central place music held in late imperial Russian cultural discourse, where it served both as a symbol of, and possible means for, forging a unified Russian identity. It ... More


“I rejoice to see your order”: Paul and the Dionysian Hierarchies

Charles M. Stang

in Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199640423
eISBN:
9780191738234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640423.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter examines how Paul animates the Dionysian hierarchies. It addresses several of the stalled questions in the scholarship on the CD, questions to which the influence of Paul offers a fresh ... More


Introduction: Emperor Julian’s Jewish Gambit

Ari Finkelstein

in Specter of the Jews: Emperor Julian and the Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Syrian Antioch

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520298729
eISBN:
9780520970779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520298729.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter situates the book within scholarly discourse about the place of Jews in the late antique Roman Empire, a topic of interest to both historians of Jewish and Roman history. The book ... More


Promethean Theurgy

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199892945
eISBN:
9780199950577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Promethean tendencies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century similar to, but not identical with, Cosmism. Topics include life creation, god building, cultural ... More


The Notebooks of Alexander Skryabin

Simon Nicholls

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190863661
eISBN:
9780190863692
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190863661.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Skryabin’s life spanned the tumultuous political events and artistic developments of the end of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth but was cut short before the end of the ... More


Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement

Simon Morrison

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520229433
eISBN:
9780520927261
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520229433.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

An aesthetic, historical, and theoretical study of four scores, this text is a treatment of the topic of Russian opera in the Silver Age. Spanning the gap between the supernatural Russian music of ... More


Walking with God

David Greenstein

in Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788335
eISBN:
9780804789684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

There are more walking stories in the guf ha-zohar (main body of the Zohar) than in all of classical Rabbinic literature combined. Classical commentators such as Shim`on ibn Lavi have connected the ... More


Justification of a Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences

Shahar Arzy and Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300152364
eISBN:
9780300152371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300152364.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first chapter presents the main approaches to mystical experiences in religious studies and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of our phenomenological technique-oriented and brain-based ... More


Contemplation, Theurgical Action, and the Presence of God

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Central to Isaac ben Samuel of Akko's writings, and one of the main defining components of medieval Kabbalah, is theurgy—the power of human action and intention to affect the divine realm. Isaac's ... More


The Magic of Being Mormon

Stephen H. Webb

in Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199316816
eISBN:
9780199369249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316816.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

What is the relationship between Mormonism and magic? And what is magic anyway? This chapter explores Mormonism’s relationship to Neo-Platonism and the hermetic tradition.


Israel as a Holy People in Medieval Kabbalah

Hartley Lachter

in Holiness in Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780198796497
eISBN:
9780191837760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796497.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores how the notion of Israel as a holy people is employed in Zoharic Kabbalah. Conceptions of Jewish superiority are explicitly connected to discourses of Israelite sanctity ... More


De Philosophia ex oraculis: Soteriological Structure and Contents

Michael Bland Simmons

in Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity: Porphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190202392
eISBN:
9780190202415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202392.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter analyzes pertinent fragments of Porphyry’s De philosophia ex oraculis to show the weakness of Gustavus Wolff’s original thematic classification of the three books and to argue that the ... More


Eschatological Salvation

Michael Bland Simmons

in Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity: Porphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190202392
eISBN:
9780190202415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202392.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Differences between Porphyry and Iamblichus on how the soul experienced temporal salvation in the present life led to significant differences concerning its ultimate destiny. Whereas Porphyry ... More


The Homeric Hymns in Late Antiquity: Proclus and the Hymn to Ares

Robbert M. van den Berg

in The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198728788
eISBN:
9780191795510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This contribution examines the reception of the Homeric Hymns by the Neoplatonist Proclus against the background of his metaphysical, religious, and literary theories. For Proclus, hymn-singing ... More


Living Images of the Divine: Female Theurgists in Late Antiquity

Nicola Denzey Lewis

in Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780195342703
eISBN:
9780199387748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342703.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World, Religion and Literature

This chapter examines the biography of a fourth-century Neo-Platonic sage or Holy Woman, Sosipatra. The chapter's study reveals the careful avoidance of anything that might resemble magic in a ... More


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