The Ancient Oracles

Richard Stoneman weaves a fascinating historical tapestry, taking into account the different kinds of oracles (healers, advisors, prophets, and others), their most important sanctuaries, debates about them among ancient thinkers, and ...

Author: Richard Stoneman

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ISBN: 9780300140422

Category: History

Page: 270

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For more than a thousand years, Greeks from all walks of life consulted oracles for guidance received directly from the gods. This colorful and wide-ranging survey encompasses the entire history of Greek oracles and focuses fresh attention on philosophical, psychological, and anthropological aspects of oracular consultation. It also examines how Greek oracles' practices were distinctive compared to those of their neighbors, especially in Egypt, Babylon, and Israel. Richard Stoneman weaves a fascinating historical tapestry, taking into account the different kinds of oracles (healers, advisors, prophets, and others), their most important sanctuaries, debates about them among ancient thinkers, and Christian attacks on them. Delving into the reasons behind the oracles' enduring position at the heart of Greek culture, Stoneman offers fresh insights into pagan religious practice and the history of Greek intellectual and spiritual life.

The Oracles of the Ancient World

This work is a guide to all the known oracles of the ancient world.

Author: Trevor Curnow

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 180

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Ranging from Abai to Zeleia, from massive temples in Egypt to modest tombs in Turkey, oracles were a major feature of the religions of many ancient cultures until their demise under the Christian Roman emperors. This work is a guide to all the known oracles of the ancient world. The greater part of it is devoted to an alphabetical listing providing details of nearly 300 sites in more than 25 countries where oracles of one kind or another functioned in antiquity. The text is extensively cross-referenced and illustrated, and supplemented by indexes, a glossary, and a substantial introduction.

Why the Ancient Oracles disappeared

WHY THE ORACLES CEASED TO GIVE ANSWERS 45. ... And as to the oracle of
Mopsus, I can from my own knowledge tell you a strange story about it. ... Why the
Ancient Oracles Page 50 of 54 HELLENIC AND HELLENISTIC PAPERS.

Author: Plutarch

Publisher: Philaletheians UK

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 54

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The Oracles of Apollo

This book shares divination techniques and rituals—including the use of alphabet stones, dice, staves, beads, and coins—and interpretations of the outcomes to help you integrate the wisdom of the gods and goddesses.

Author: John Opsopaus

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738752258

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Throughout history, divination has been an important tool for seeking guidance from the gods. Fortunately, several classical divination systems are available to us again today. The Oracles of Apollo shows how to use two rediscovered divination systems: the Alphabet Oracle, a system that uses the ancient Greek alphabet, and the Counsels of the Seven Sages, a series of 147 short, oracular statements that were inscribed on tablets at Delphi. This book shares divination techniques and rituals—including the use of alphabet stones, dice, staves, beads, and coins—and interpretations of the outcomes to help you integrate the wisdom of the gods and goddesses. These oracles were originally designed thousands of years ago to provide insights into practical matters and deeper issues...and they can be used again today.

The Influence of Ancient Oracles in Public and Private Life

... find the Oracle advocating the general sentiments of respect for antiquity , and
submission to authority , in the same tone with which it sanctions hero - worship
itself ?. Such lessons may have had their weight , in maintaining the ancient spirit
 ...

Author: James Bowling Mozley

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Category: Oracles

Page: 69

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Death of the Gods On the Fall of the Ancient Oracles and the Rise of Christian Scripture

HAVE THE GODS LEFT US? This book is a quest for divine guidance.

Author: Benno A. Zuiddam

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781797978093

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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HAVE THE GODS LEFT US? This book is a quest for divine guidance. It explores the demise of the Greek oracle religion in the first century AD, as it was experienced by the Greek philosopher-priest Plutarch and his learned friends near that famous oracular site of old, Delphi. While the Greeks mourned the silence of the gods, a new religion was spreading in the Roman Empire, confidentely claiming newly received oracles of the living God. In many ways the journey in this book is a comparison of the old oracles and the new. It is a quest that also shows a profound light on the nature of the Scripture as it was perceived by the early Christians.Prof. dr. Benno Zuiddam is a New Testament and Classical scholar. He received his education at Farel College Amersfoort and the universities of Kampen, Utrecht, Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom. Professor Zuiddam earned doctorates in Theology as well as classical Greek. After serving as professor extraordinary with the School of Ancient languages and Biblical studies, he became research professor with the theological faculty of North-West University (South Africa) and senior fellow with the Research Centre for Early Christianity at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Tilburg University (Netherlands).

Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World

The revival of oracles that began in the first century A.D. was just one expression
of a widespread nostalgia for the past. Part of the archaizing tendency of the era
was expressed in attempts to copy and revive ancient conventions and forms of ...

Author: David Edward Aune

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802806352

Category: Religion

Page: 522

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Aune's comprehensive study of early Christian prophecy includes a review of its antecedents (Greco-Roman oracles, ancient Israelite prophecy, prophecy in early Judaism), a discussion of Jesus as prophet, and analyses of Christian prophetic speeches from Paul to the middle of the second century A.D.

The Oracle of Delphi

If anything, the work of scholars has deepened the mysticism of Delphi rather than dispel it, in large measure due to documenting fascinating and mysterious stories about the oracle.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781985757325

Category:

Page: 64

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*Includes pictures *Includes ancient descriptions of the oracle *Includes a bibliography for further reading "Not often nor regularly, but occasionally and fortuitously, the room in which they seat the god's consultants is filled with a fragrance and breeze, as if the adyton were sending forth the essences of the sweetest and most expensive perfumes from a spring." - Plutarch "[T]he seat of the oracle is a cavern hollowed down in the depths...from which arises pneuma [breath, vapor, gas] that inspires a divine state of possession." - Strabo, Geography 9.3.5 The Oracle of Delphi was one of the greatest religious institutions in Ancient Greece and one which played a significant role not only in the formation and collective decisions of Hellenic localities and city-states but also in the personal lives of Greeks known and unknown. The site was dedicated to the god Apollo, and the Greeks believed the god spoke his oracles through his prophetess known as the Pythia. The judgments and decisions rendered by the oracle were so important to the Greeks that they often put them above all other interests, even security threats posed by the likes of the Persians, and Delphi was popular even amongst outsiders. The Pythia delivered the god's oracles to such famous persons as Midas and Croesus, and it provided consultations during such important historical moments as the Persian War and the Peloponnesian War. Many authors of antiquity mention the oracle for one reason or another, and there even survive epigraphic collections that preserve the god's words on stone. The ancient Greeks called Delphi the omphalos ("navel") of the Earth, and the black rock that symbolized this imagined center stands at the site to this very day. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Parnassos, Delphi overlooks the Gulf of Corinth, and it is no wonder why the setting mesmerized contemporaries. The majestic, almost magical, aspect of the site, bordered by precipitous cliffs and craggy footpaths on a hillside that is dotted with deep, dark caves and lined by gargling streams of pure water, never fails to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in its visitors, even to this very day. Despite the oracle's fame and popularity, however, modern knowledge of Delphi remains limited in certain respects. Cultic history has become so intertwined with cultic myth that the lines separating one from another have been nearly lost. Modern scholars studying the oracle of Delphi have tried to pull the shroud of mythology away from historical facts to illuminate the realities of the Apolline cult, but the job has often proved trickier than imagined. If anything, the work of scholars has deepened the mysticism of Delphi rather than dispel it, in large measure due to documenting fascinating and mysterious stories about the oracle. Certain aspects of the Delphic cult will likely always be impossible to describe with any degree of accuracy or certainty, despite scholars' best attempts at imaginative reconstruction, because its foundation and function depended entirely upon religious belief in Apollo and his prophetic gift, which no amount of scholarship can fully explain. The Oracle of Delphi: The Ancient World's Most Famous Seer examines the history and mysteries surrounding the influential Greek oracle, including the historical buildings of the site and the cultic traditions recorded by ancient writers, in an attempt to separate truth from fiction as much as possible. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about the Delphic Oracle like never before, in no time at all.

Ancient Oracles and Occult Prophecies

1 [Cf. early modern English translation by George Chapman, 1618: Why
complain'st thou wretch? One holds thee now that is thy mightier far; Go as he
guides ... 42-43 Ancient Oracles and Occult Prophecies v. 02.57, www.
philaletheians.co.uk, ...

Author: Veda Vyasa, Hermes Trismegistus, Hesiod, Thomas Taylor, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Publisher: Philaletheians UK

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Category: Religion

Page: 7

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The future is now. Might will be right, and envy will run riot among men. Heathen East will slay decadent West. Egypt shall be forsaken when divinity returns back from earth to heaven.

Omens and Oracles

Addressing the role which divination played in ancient Greek society, this volume deals with various forms of prophecy and how each was utilised and for what purpose.

Author: Matthew Dillon

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317148967

Category: History

Page: 462

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Addressing the role which divination played in ancient Greek society, this volume deals with various forms of prophecy and how each was utilised and for what purpose. Chapters bring together key types of divining, such as from birds, celestial phenomena, the entrails of sacrificed animals and dreams. Oracular centres delivered prophetic pronouncements to enquirers, but in addition, there were written collections of oracles in circulation. Many books were available on how to interpret dreams, the birds and entrails, and divination as a religious phenomenon attracted the attention of many writers. Expert diviners were at the heart of Greek prophecy, whether these were Apollo’s priestesses delivering prose or verse answers to questions put to them by consultants, diviners known as manteis, who interpreted entrails and omens, the chresmologoi, who sang the many oracles circulating orally or in writing, or dream interpreters. Divination was utilised not only to foretell the future but also to ensure that the individual or state employing divination acted in accordance with that divinely prescribed future; it was employed by all and had a crucial role to play in what courses of action both states and individuals undertook. Specific attention is paid in this volume not only to the ancient written evidence, but to that of inscriptions and papyri, with emphasis placed on the iconography of Greek divination.

The Mystery of the Oracles

The author describes his search for the sites of famous oracles and examines the importance of their prophecies in the civilization of Greece and other areas of the ancient world

Author: Philipp Vandenberg

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 291

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The author describes his search for the sites of famous oracles and examines the importance of their prophecies in the civilization of Greece and other areas of the ancient world

Oracle of the Illuminati

From crop circles to Atlantis to nanotechnology, this book is an illustration-packed interpretation of ancient gateway stories of the Illuminati.

Author: William Henry

Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press

ISBN: 9781931882521

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 260

View: 701

From crop circles to Atlantis to nanotechnology, this book is an illustration-packed interpretation of ancient gateway stories of the Illuminati.

The Public and Private Life of the Ancient Greeks

Oracles - Oracle of Dodona - Selli- Oracular -sounds and objects Oracle at Delphi
- Suppression of the ancient Oracle of the SerpentLegend of Apollo and the
Python - Oracular Chasm - Origin of the tripod .-- Its form - Castalian spring -
Pythia ...

Author: Heinrich Hase

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Greece

Page: 358

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Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle

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Author: Hugh Bowden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521823739

Category: History

Page: 188

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Comprehensive and accessible examination of the Delphic Oracle and the use made of it by the city of Athens.

Sibylline Oracles of Christ

CHAPTER 3 SYBLINE ORACLES 1 In 1890 professor Milton S. Terry astounded
the world when he first translated the ancient Greek oracles; For he found several
unknown keys that turned the locks that held some very remarkable words ...

Author: Daniel F. Owsley

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468902806

Category: Religion

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In this Apmplified edition of the Sibylline Oracles of Christ readers shall be more than amazed at the inspired words of the ancient Greeks. Nor should Christians be too shocked to discover that the author of the following text has prophesied many of the same happenings as the Bible prophets have. And in the mouth of several witnesses this literature is absolutely magnificent. For it is written: 1 And it shall come to pass in the last days that God shall speak with a mighty voice To all rude people of an empty mind, who do not bow down unto His son. 2 And judgement from the mighty God shall swiftly come Upon them, and they all shall be destroyed By his immortal arm. 3 And fiery swords Shall fall front heaven on earth; and great bright lights Shall come down flaming in the midst of men. And in those days shall earth, all-mother, reel By his immortal arm, and shoals of fish In the deep sea, and all wild, beasts of earth, And countless tribes of winged fowl, and all The souls of men and every sea shall tremble Before the face of the Immortal One. 4 And there shall be great dismay. High mountain peaks And monstrous hills shall he asunder break, And to all shall dark appear. 5 And misty gorges in the lofty hills shall be full of the dead; and rocks shall stream With blood and every torrent fill the plain. 6 And well-built walls of evil-minded men Shall all fall to the earth, since they knew not The law nor judgement of the mighty God, But with a senseless soul all hurried on Against the temple and raised up their spears. 7 And God shall judge all by war and by sword And by fire and by overwhelming storm; And brimstone there shall be from heaven, and stones And great and grievous hail; and death shall come Upon the awful winds of our Lord's greatest curses for all evil ones to know. 8 And then shall they Know God, the Immortal, who performs these things; And wailing, and upon the boundless earth Shall be at once a shout of perishing men; And all the unholy shall be bathed in blood; 9 And earth herself shall also drink the blood Of the perishing, and beasts be gorged with flesh. 10 And all these things the great eternal God Himself bade me proclaim. And that shall not Be unaccomplished, or be unfulfilled, Whatever only in my heart he put; For truthful is God's spirit. 11 But children of the mighty God shall all Again around the temple live in peace, Rejoicing in those things which he shall give Who is Creator, righteous Judge and King. For he himself, great, present far and wide, Shall be a shelter, as on all sides round A wall of flaming fire. And they shall be In cities and in country without war. 12 For not the hand of evil war, but rather The Immortal shall himself be their defender And the hand of the Holy One. And then shall all The islands and the cities tell how much The immortal God loves those men. 13 For all things Help them in conflict and deliver them Heaven, and divinely fashioned sun, and moon. And in those days before those blessings shall earth, all-mother, reel. Sweet word shall they send from their mouths in hymns: "Come, falling on the earth let us all pray The immortal King, and great eternal God. 14 To the temple let its in procession go, Since he alone is Lord; and let us all Meditate on the law of God most high, Which is most righteous of all laws on earth. And as an additional treat to really bless people's souls also included within this fantastic offering is two books of some forbidden knowledge of good and evil that's straight from the desk of James the Righteous, dicovered recently at the Dead Sea as scrolls # 478 and #479 of the Essene sacred texts.

A Digest of the Laws Customs Manners and Institutions of the Ancient and Modern Nations

In some cases , however , when decisive answer could be risked , it was given .
12. Faith reposed in ancient oracles , especially that at Delphi ? Implicit among
the ancients . Even some of earlier Christians admitted the power of vaticination ...

Author: Thomas Roderick Dew

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 662

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Oracles of the Dead

In Oracles of the Dead Robert Temple examines the Greek and Roman traditions and techniques of divination and compares them to those of ancient China.

Author: Robert Temple

Publisher: Destiny Books

ISBN: 9781594770852

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 480

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An examination of the shadow side of prophecy in human history and our attitudes toward fate and predicting the future • Explores the divinatory techniques and traditions of classical Greece and Rome as compared with ancient China • Contains new information concerning the location of the Greek Oracle of the Dead at Baia • Shows how the latest discoveries in science may validate the system of the I Ching • First U.S. Edition of Netherworld Many methods for predicting the future, such as tarot, runes, the I Ching, and other divinatory oracles, can be traced back to ancient cultures. In Oracles of the Dead Robert Temple examines the Greek and Roman traditions and techniques of divination and compares them to those of ancient China. He reveals the real physical location of the "hell" of the ancient Greeks--known in antiquity as the Oracle of the Dead and used for séances intended to contact the spirits of the dead--and provides photographs from his explorations there. Relating them to the ancient belief in the Oracle of the Dead, Temple examines the various mysteries associated with Delphi and the other oracles of the ancient world and explains how they were used to allow visitors to experience contact with the divine. Furthermore, his examination of the Chinese oracular system shows how the latest developments in science are validating the system of the I Ching.

The Ancient Oracle Or Dream Book of the Priests of India

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Oracles of God

Drawing on documents including the Old Testament itself, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament, the writings of Philo and Josephus, and the works of the early Church Fathers, Barton arrives at a series of controversial ...

Author: John Barton

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 324

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Drawing on documents including the Old Testament itself, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament, the writings of Philo and Josephus, and the works of the early Church Fathers, Barton arrives at a series of controversial conclusions about the composition of the canon in the post-exilic period, the relation of "apocalyptic" to prophecy, and even the applicability of the term "prophet" to the classical prophets themselves.--from publisher's description.

The Oracle Or Book of Fate

INTRODUCTORY ACCOUNT OF ANCIENT ORACLES . No institution is more
famous than the ancient Oracles of Egypt , Greece and Rome . They were said to
be the will of the gods themselves , and they were consulted , not only upon
every ...

Author: Hermann Kirchenhoffer

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Astrology

Page: 75

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