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Prophets, prophecy, and oracles in the Roman Empire : Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman cultures

Author: Leslie Kelly, (Associate Professor of History)
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, ©2018 2018.
Series: Routledge focus on classical studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book surveys the uses and function of prophecy, prophets, and oracles among Jews, Christians, and pagans in the first three centuries of the Roman Empire and explores how prophecy and prophetic texts functioned as a common language that enabled religious discourse to develop between these groups. It shows that each of these cultures believed that it was in prophetic texts and prophetic utterances that they  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Kelly, (Associate Professor of History)
ISBN: 9780815373438 0815373430
OCLC Number: 1004225108
Description: 90 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Jewish prophets, prophecy: first century sectarians, visionaries, and rebels --
The early Christians: prophecy, apology, and heresiology --
The Greco-Romans: pagan oracles and Christian persecution.
Series Title: Routledge focus on classical studies.
Responsibility: Leslie Kelly.

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This book surveys the uses and function of prophecy, prophets, and oracles among Jews, Christians, and pagans in the first three centuries of the Roman Empire and explores how prophecy and prophetic texts functioned as a common language that enabled religious discourse to develop between these groups. It shows that each of these cultures believed that it was in prophetic texts and prophetic utterances that they could find the surest proof of their religious beliefs and a strong confirmation of their group identity.

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