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Bibil Identifier bibil:211778
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) High Priests of the Highest God: Third-Century Platonists as Ritual Experts
Author Marx-Wolf, Heidi
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 18, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 481-513 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper explores the way in which third-century philosophers, especially Platonists, portrayed themselves as high priests or "priests of the god who rules all." It argues that figures such as Origen, Porphyry, and Iamblichus incorporated this hieratic status into their identity at the expense of the reputations of more ordinary, local priests. Furthermore, they grounded their authority on theological and ritual matters in their knowledge of the nature of various kinds of spiritual beings inhabiting the cosmos, beings which they tended to order in systematic and hierarchical ways. Finally, this paper presents evidence that these intellectuals endeavored to use their authority in these matters to position themselves socially as potential advisors to provincial and imperial leaders.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy : Neoplatonism
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : High Priest
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Origen
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Porphyry
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