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Bibil Identifier bibil:261282
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The origin of Beliar in Sibylline Oracle 3.63: A new proposal
Author Kusio, Mateusz
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 29, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2019
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2019
Year (Copyright) 2019
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 168-183 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article investigates Sibylline Oracle 3.63 which states that Beliar will come ἐκ Σεβαστηνῶν, "from the Sebastenoi." Scholars have understood the verse as meaning that Beliar will be either a Roman imperial figure or a Samaritan false prophet. Pointing out the serious shortcomings of these hypotheses, the article argues that the Sibylline Beliar should be seen as originating in Asia, most probably in Phrygia or northern Galatia. The relevant numismatic and epigraphic evidence is explored along with references to those regions across the Sibylline Oracle. New interpretative possibilities generated by the proposal are also presented along with the suggestion that Sib. Or. 3.63–74 should be dated sometime between mid-first and mid-third century C.E. and provenanced to central Asia Minor.
DOI 10.1177/0951820720902124
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Sibyls : Sibylline Oracles
Pericopes Sibylline Oracles 3,63
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