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Christian divination in late Antiquity


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Wiśniewski, Robert:
Christian divination in late Antiquity.
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2020]. - 287 S. - (Social worlds of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages ; 8)
ISBN 978-94-6298-870-5


In Late Antiquity, people commonly sought to acquire knowledge about the past, the present, and the future, using a variety of methods. While early Christians did not doubt that these methods worked effectively, in theory they were not allowed to make use of them. In practice, people responded to this situation in diverse ways. Some simply renounced any hope of learning about the future, while others resorted to old practices regardless of the consequences. A third option, however, which emerged in the fourth century, was to construct divinatory methods that were effective yet religiously tolerable. This book is devoted to the study of such practices and their practitioners, and provides answers to essential questions concerning this phenomenon. How did it develop? How closely were Christian methods related to older, traditional customs? Who used them and in which situations? Who offered oracular services? And how were they treated by the clergy, intellectuals, and common people?

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Item Type:Book
Subjects:Literaturwissenschaft > Literaturgeschichte, allgemein > Christliche Literatur
Kulturgeschichte > Traum, Vision
Christentum, Oberbegriff
Uncontrolled Keywords:Christliche Literatur
Divination ; Frühchristentum ; Geschichte 284-610
Divination <rswk-swf>
Frühchristentum <rswk-swf>
Geschichte 284-610 <rswk-swf>
Orakel der Griechen
Ritual, römisch
Zauber & Magie
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Zusätzliche Informationen:Auf dem Buchrücken fälschlich als Band 6 der Reihe gezählt, richtig ist Band 8
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