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Ancient Prophecy: Near Eastern, Biblical, and Greek Perspectives

Martti Nissinen


This book is a comprehensive treatment of the ancient prophetic phenomenon as it comes to us through biblical, Near Eastern, and Greek sources. Once a distinctly biblical concept, prophecy is today acknowledged as yet another form of divination and a phenomenon that can be found all over the ancient Eastern Mediterranean. Even Greek oracle, traditionally discussed separately from biblical and Mesopotamian prophecy, is essentially part of the same picture. The book gives an up-to-date presentation of textual sources, whether cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, the Hebrew Bible, Greek inscriptio ... More

Keywords: prophecy, divination, oracle, Hebrew Bible, Delphi, Didyma, Dodona, Claros, ecstasy, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martti Nissinen, author
Professor of Old Testament Studies, University of Helsinki