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Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient…

Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World (2003)

by Scott B. Noegel (Editor), Joel Thomas Walker (Editor), Brannon M. Wheeler (Editor)

Other authors: Gideon Bohak (Contributor), Nicola Denzey (Contributor), Jacco Dieleman (Contributor), Radcliffe G. Edmonds, III (Contributor), Marvin Meyer (Contributor)8 more, Michael G. Morony (Contributor), Ian Moyer (Contributor), Francesca Rochberg (Contributor), Jonathan Z. Smith (Contributor), Mark S. Smith (Contributor), Peter Struck (Contributor), Michael D. Swartz (Contributor), Kasia Szpakowska (Contributor)

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Noegel, Scott B.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Wheeler, Brannon M.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Rochberg, FrancescaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Swartz, Michael D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In the religious systems of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean, gods and demigods were neither abstract nor distant, but communicated with mankind through signs and active intervention. Men and women were thus eager to interpret, appeal to, and even control the gods and their agents. In Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World, a distinguished array of scholars explores the many ways in which people in the ancient world sought to gain access to-or, in some cases, to bind or escape from-the divine powers of heaven and earth. Grounded in a variety of disciplines, including Assyriology, Classics, and early Islamic history, the 15 essays in this volume cover a broad geographic area: Greece, Egypt, Syria-Palestine, Mesopotamia, and Persia. Topics include celestial divination in early Mesopotamia, the civic festivals of classical Athens, and Christian magical papyri from Coptic Egypt. Moving forward to Late Antiquity, we see how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each incorporated many aspects of ancient Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman religion into their own prayers, rituals, and conceptions. Even if they no longer conceived of the sun, moon, and the stars as eternal or divine, Christians, Jews, and Muslims often continued to study the movements of the heavens as a map on which divine power could be read.

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