Space and Time in the Religious Life of the Near East

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A&C Black, 01.12.2001 - 370 Seiten
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Space and time are basic features of the world-view, even the theology, of many religions, ancient and modern. How did the world begin, and how will it end? What is the importance of religious architecture in symbolizing sacred space? Where and how do we locate the self? The divine world? Wyatt's textbook treats ancient Near Eastern religions from a perspective that allows us to access how religion shapes and orders the world of human thought and experience. The book is designed especially for classroom use, each chapter provided with suggested reading, copious quotations from ancient texts and summaries. The subject matter is treated by topic, not according to individal religions, so that the reader understands the essential points of similarity and difference between religious systems and how they model their universe.
 

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Inhalt

PREFACE
19
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
21
ABBREVIATIONS
23
INTRODUCTION
25
Chapter 1 ORIENTATION AND THE LOCATION OF THE SELF
33
Chapter 2 MYTHIC SHAPINGS OF THE WORLD
53
Figures
81
WATER AND THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD
95
ASPECTS OF THE CULT
183
Chapter 8 MYTH AND THE PAST
209
Chapter 9 MYTH AND THE FUTURE
233
Chapter 10 RITUAL AND THE PAST
253
Chapter 11 RITUAL AND THE FUTURE
271
Chapter 12 MYTH HISTORY AND THE FLOW OF TIME
301
EPILOGUE
323
References and Selected Reading
333

WATER AND THE END OF THE WORLD
121
Chapter 5 THE MOUNTAIN AT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD
147
Chapter 6 THE TEMPLE AT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD
159

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Über den Autor (2001)

Nicolas Wyatt is Reader in Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh.

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