Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions by Raanan S. BoustanHeavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions by Raanan S. Boustan

Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions

EditorRaanan S. Boustan, Annette Yoshiko Reed

Paperback | October 29, 2009

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The concept of heaven occupied a special place in the Late Antique imagination, not only in Judaism and Christianity, but also in the Greco-Roman religious, philosophical, scientific, and "magical" traditions. 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.
Title:Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique ReligionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:October 29, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521121779

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'In Heaven as it is on Earth' Ra'anan S. Bouston and Annette Yoshiko Reed; Part I. Between Earth and Heaven: 1. The bridge and the ladder: narrow passages in late antique visions Fritz Graf; 2. 'Heavenly Steps': Manilius 4.119-121 and its background Katharina Volk; 3. Heavenly ascent, angelic descent, and the transmission of knowledge in 1 Enoch 6-16 Annette Yoshiko Reed; 4. 'Connecting Heaven and Earth': the function of the hymns in Revelation 4-5 Gottfried Schimanowski; 5. Working overtime in afterlife; or, no rest for the virtuous Sarah Iles Johnson; Part II. Institutionalising Heaven: 6. Earthly sacrifice and heavenly incense: the law of priesthood in Aramaic Levi and Jubilees Martha Himmelfarb; 7. Who's on the throne?: revelation in the long year John W. Marshall; 8. The earthly monastery and the transformation of the heavenly city in late antique Egypt Kirsti B. Copeland; 9. Contextualising heaven in third-century North Africa Jan N. Bremmer; 10. Bringing the heavenly academy down to earth: approaches to the imagery of divine pedagogy in the East-Syrian tradition Adam H. Becker; Part III. Tradition and Innovation: 11. Angels in the architecture: temple art and the poetics of praise in the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice Ra'anan S. Bouston; 12. The collapse of celestial and chthonic realms in late antique 'Appollonian Invocation' (PGMI 262-347) Christopher A. Faraone; 13. In heaven as it is in hell: the cosmology of Seder Rabbah di-Bereshit Peter Schäfer; 14. The faces of the moon: cosmology, genesis and the Mithras Liturgy Radcliffe G. Edmonds III; 15. 'O Paradoxical Fusion!': Gregory of Nazianzus on baptism and cosmology (Orations 38-40) Susanna Elm.

Editorial Reviews

"Warm praise for the genesis of this volume...It is good to have such a rich collection of uniformly strong essays to attentive to the texts of the diverse cultures and religions of classical antiquity." - c. Robert Phillips, III, Lehigh University