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Bibil Identifier bibil:136718
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Greek Seers and Israelite-Jewish Prophets
Author Lange, Armin
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 57, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 461-482 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Ancient Greek seers (manteis) and Ancient Near Eastern prophets have often been compared with each other. Although in rare cases Greek seers communicate a divine message to a wider audience and are thus comparable to Ancient Near Eastern prophets and Israelite-Jewish prophets in particular, Greek seers are distinctly different from Ancient Near Eastern prophets. In most cases Greek seers employ forms of deductive divination while the use of deductive divination is the exception with Israelite-Jewish prophets. If Greek seers use intuitive divination they do not rely on divine revelations but have special ability to perceive more than normal human beings. Although Ancient Near Eastern prophets and Greek manteis do thus not equate, the comparison of the two sheds better light on the characteristics of both. On the one hand, the Ancient Near Eastern understanding of the prophet emphasizes heavily his reliance on divine revelation. This is especially true for Israelite and Jewish prophets. On the other hand, the Greek mantis acts mostly as a diviner in his own right. His special insights and knowledge go back to his abilities.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Prophets / Oracle
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Divination
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Prophets
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