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Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions - Ra'anan S. Boustan

Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions

By: Ra'anan S. Boustan (Editor), Annette Yoshiko Reed (Editor)

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Published: 7th March 2016
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The idea of heaven held a special place in the late antique imagination, which was marked by a poignant sense of the relevance of otherworldly realities for earthly life. Such concerns can be found, not only in Judaism and Christianity, but also in the Greco-Roman religious, philosophical, scientific, and 'magical' traditions. Transcending social, regional and creedal boundaries, the preoccupation with heaven in Late Antiquity serves as a focus for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding this formative era in Western culture and history. Drawing upon the expertise of scholars of Classics, Ancient History, Jewish Studies, and Patristics, this volume explores the different functions of heavenly imagery in different texts and traditions in order to map the patterns of unity and diversity within the religious landscape of Late Antiquity.

'The volume makes a valuable contribution to a topic of growing interest in recent study of ancient religion.' Journal for the Study of the Old Testament '... a sound and serious book.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Introduction: 'In Heaven as it is on Earth' Ra'anan S. Bouston and Annette Yoshiko Reed
Between Earth and Heaven
The bridge and the ladder: narrow passages in late antique visions
'Heavenly Steps': Manilius 4.119-121 and its background
Heavenly ascent, angelic descent, and the transmission of knowledge in 1 Enoch 6-16
'Connecting Heaven and Earth': the function of the hymns in Revelation 4-5
Working overtime in afterlife; or, no rest for the virtuous
Institutionalizing Heaven
Earthly sacrifice and heavenly incense: the law of priesthood in Aramaic
Who's on the throne?: revelation in the long yea
The earthly monastery and the transformation of the heavenly city in late antique Egypt
Contextualizing heaven in third-century North Africa
Bringing the heavenly academy down to earth: approaches to the imagery of divine pedagogy in the East-Syrian tradition
Tradition and Innovation
Angels in the architecture: temple art and the poetics of praise in the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice
The collapse of celestial and chthonic realms in late antique 'Appollonian Invocation' (PGMI 262-347)
In heaven as it is in hell: the cosmology of Seder Rabbah di-Bereshit
The faces of the moon: cosmology, genesis and the Mithras Liturgy
'O Paradoxical Fusion!': Gregory of Nazianzus on baptism and cosmology (Orations 38-40)
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ISBN: 9780521831024
ISBN-10: 0521831024
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 7th March 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.68