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By Ms. Sarah Iles Johnston

Spiritual ideals and practices, which permeated all facets of lifestyles in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes through the Mediterranean: itinerant charismatic practitioners traveling from position to put peddled their abilities as healers, purifiers, cursers, and initiators; and vessels adorned with illustrations of myths traveled with them. New gods encountered in international lands by way of retailers and conquerors have been occasionally taken domestic to be tailored and followed. This choice of essays by means of a unusual overseas team of students, drawn from the groundbreaking reference paintings faith within the historical global, deals an expansive, comparative point of view in this complicated non secular international.

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Tr. Trevor Watkins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. , ed. Born in Heaven, Made on Earth: The Making of the Cult Image in the Ancient Near East. : Eisenbrauns, 1999. encountering ancient religions 16 Horden, Peregrin, and Nicholas Purcell. The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000. Meuli, Karl. Gesammelte Schriften, ed. Thomas Gelzer. Basel, 1975. Porter, Barbara Nevling, ed. One God or Many? Concepts of Divinity in the Ancient World. [Chebeague, Maine:] Casco Bay Assyriological Institute, 2000.

According to Servius, the Stoics taught that there is only one god, whose names merely differ accord- encountering ancient religions 28 ing to actions and offices. Varro (116–27 bce), who knew about the Jews from Poseidonius, was unwilling to make any differentiation between Jove and YHWH because he was of the opinion that it mattered little by which name he was called as long as only the same thing was meant (“nihil interesse censens quo nomine nuncupetur, dum eadem res intelligatur”; Antiquitates rerum divinarum, frag.

The construction of paganism implies the idea of lawlessness and immorality. This is, of course, a polemical distortion. The gods, above all the sun-gods (Shamash in Mesopotamia, Re in Egypt), watched over the keeping of the laws and acted as judges. In Egypt, moreover, there is the idea of a general judgment of the dead, which constitutes a first step toward a theologization of justice. But it is true that no god other than YHWH or Allah ever acted as legislator. The idea of justice is divine, but the formulation and promulgation of specific laws is the task of the king.

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