Download E-books A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology PDF

The Dictionary of historical close to japanese Mythology covers assets from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from round 2800 to three hundred BC. It comprises entries on gods and goddesses, giving proof in their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented through the texts, and defining their roles in the physique of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving where of foundation of major texts and a short heritage in their transmission throughout the a long time; and entries explaining using professional terminology, for things like different types of Sumerian texts or kinds of mythological figures.

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Download E-books The Role of Revelation in the World's Religions PDF

By Beverly Moon

The human reception of divine messages, referred to as revelation, has frequently performed a imperative function in international religions. This research explores how spirituality and the non-public event of the divine has been expressed and preserved in a variety of non secular traditions. The phenomenon of revelation is explored and interpreted via examples from around the non secular spectrum, and 6 kinds of revelation are posited: visions and voices, divination, spirit trip, spirit mediation, mystical union, and divine incarnation.

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Download E-books Time at Emar: The Cultic Calendar & the Rituals from the Diviner's House (Mesopotamian Civilizations 11) (Mesopotamian Civilizations 11) PDF

By Daniel E. Fleming

The hot large-scale watershed initiatives in northern Syria, the place the traditional urban of Emar was once situated, have introduced this quarter to gentle, due to salvage operation excavations sooner than the realm used to be submerged. Excavations at Meskeneh-Qadimeh at the nice bend of the Euphrates River published this huge city, which were in-built the overdue 14th century after which destroyed violently first and foremost of the twelfth, on the finish of the Bronze Age. within the city of Emar, ritual drugs have been came upon in a temple which are verified to were recorded through the manager of the neighborhood cult, who was once known as the "diviner." This non secular chief additionally operated an important writing heart, which fascinated with either administering neighborhood ritual and fostering competence in Mesopotamian lore. An archaic neighborhood calendar may be amazing from different calendars in use at Emar, either overseas and native. A moment, overlapping calendar emanated from the palace and represented a emerging political strength in a few pressure with rooted neighborhood associations. The archaic neighborhood calendar may be partly reconstructed from one ritual textual content that outlines the rites played in the course of a interval of six months.

The major public ceremony of Emar's non secular calendar was once the zukru pageant. This occasion used to be celebrated in a simplified annual ritual and in a extra complex model of the ritual for seven days in the course of each 7th 12 months, most likely serving as a pledge of loyalty to the executive god, Dagan. The Emar ritual calendar used to be local, despite a number of degrees of outdoor effect, and hence bargains vital proof for historic Syrian tradition. those texts are therefore vital for historic close to japanese cultic and formality stories. Fleming's entire research lays the elemental basis for all destiny research of the ritual and makes an enormous contribution to the learn of historical Syria.

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Download E-books Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean (Bordering Religions) PDF

Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have a standard trust within the sanctity of a middle holy scripture, and statement on scripture (exegesis) was once on the middle of all 3 traditions within the center a while. even as, since it handled matters comparable to the character of the canon, the bounds of appropriate interpretation, and the that means of salvation historical past from the viewpoint of religion, exegesis used to be elaborated within the heart a while alongside the faultlines of interconfessional disputation and polemical clash. This number of 13 essays by way of world-renowned students of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam explores the character of exegesis in the course of the excessive and particularly the past due center a while as a discourse of cross-cultural and interreligious clash, paying specific awareness to the commentaries of students within the western and southern Mediterranean from Iberia and Italy to Morocco and Egypt.

Unlike different comparative experiences of faith, this assortment isn't a chronological heritage or an encyclopedic advisor. in its place, it offers essays in 4 conceptual clusters ("Writing at the Borders of Islam," "Jewish-Christian Conflict," "The highbrow job of the Dominican Order," and "Gender") that discover medieval exegesis as a motor vehicle for the expression of communal or spiritual id, one who displays shared or competing notions of sacred historical past and sacred textual content. This well timed e-book will entice students and lay readers alike and may be crucial examining for college students of comparative faith, historians charting the background of spiritual clash within the medieval Mediterranean, and all these drawn to the intersection of Jewish,
Christian, and Muslim ideals and practices.

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Download E-books Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis PDF

This edited choice of essays examines how religions of the realm characterize, comprehend, theologize, theorize and reply to incapacity and persistent disorder. participants hire a number of methodological techniques together with ethnography, old, cultural, or textual research, own narrative, and theological/philosophical research.

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Download E-books Pocket Guide to the Afterlife: Heaven, Hell, and Other Ultimate Destinations PDF

By Jason Boyett

"Fearless, deep, and snarky. And did I point out humorous? Oh my goodness this man is funny."
Dean Nelson, writer, God Hides in undeniable Sight, and director, Writer's Symposium by way of the ocean at aspect Loma

Where can we cross after we die? can we have own chats with God on fluffy clouds? What are the chances i'll be gobbled by way of a demon? Life's inner most mysteries query what occurs while lifestyles is over.

With Pocket consultant to the Afterlife, Jason Boyett turns into your travel advisor to the good past. From the profound to the profane, from the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel for your ascension to the celestial void, here is every thing you want to recognize this facet of the eternal Unknown, including

  • What to count on upon arrival in locations like Heaven, Purgatory, and the Chinvat Bridge
  • Whether your realizing of the Christian Hell comes from the Bible or from an Italian poet

  • Which dream situations you need to stay away from simply because they are expecting your imminent demise

  • Why defibrillators are so very important in terms of having near-death experiences

Pondering your eventual dying hasn't ever been rather a lot fun.

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Download E-books The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy PDF

By Ronald Hutton

This can be a survey of spiritual ideals within the British Isles from the previous Stone Age to the comming of Christianity, one of many least ordinary yet such a lot large classes in Britain's background. Ronald Hutton attracts upon new info, a lot of it archaeological, that has remodeled interpretation over the last decade. Giving roughly equivalent weight to all classes, from the Neolithic to the center a long time, he considers a number proof for Celtic and Romano-British paganism: from burial websites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, collectible figurines, jewelry, guns, votive items, literary texts and folklore. the writer unearths the $64000 rethinking that has taken position over Christianization and the decline of paganism, and studies the growth that has been made in tracing the survival of pre-Christian ideals and imagery into the center a long time. Dr Hutton exhibits how a number of acquired rules were demolished, and the way the pagans of historic Britain have been way more inventive, complicated, engmatic and dynamic than has formerly been meant.

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Download E-books Raising Witches: Teaching The Wiccan Faith To Children PDF

By Ashleen O'Gaea

This is often the 1st booklet that offers mom and dad the capability to coach their young ones Wicca in a extra formal type. that includes a Wiccan curriculum for every of the 5 age teams from infancy to younger maturity, O'Gaea indicates mom and dad find out how to successfully weave Wicca right into a kid's ordinary development of studying.

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