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Bibil Identifier bibil:246460
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Dangerous Dreaming: The Christian Transformation of Dream Incubation
Author Graf, Fritz
Journal Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (Volume: 15, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 117-142 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Deubner’s thesis of an easy transformation of pagan into Christian incubation has been revived recently. In my paper, I argue against such an easy reception, both for general and for specific reasons. Christian theology was much more suspicious of dreams than the pagan world and would argue against an easy adoption of dream incubation; this is confirmed by the fact that the ritual forms of dream healing in Christian churches looked very different from the rituals in pagan incubation shrines and never attained the uniformity of the pagan rites. None of the few cases where continuity has been argued for on archaeological grounds stands up to closer scrutiny, and the analysis of dream healing in the church of the Twelve Apostles in Menouthis near Alexandria and of other early literary records leads to a very nuanced understanding of how Christian dream healing succeeded pagan incubation.
DOI 10.1515/arege-2013-0009
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Dream
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes
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