prominent fig- ures with an impressive genealogy, tells of the predictions and wondrous events attending their birth, emphasizes their precociousness physically and intellectually, stresses their wealth and enlightened leadership, and attaches particular significance to their possession of the car- dinal
, and reputation as a prophet. The two Flavians in Rome later turned an eye away in this matter because, as non-nobles, Vespasian and Titus were grateful for every prediction of their future greatness, including one from a now well-known Jerusalem priest. 117 Vespasian, himself prone to superstition
the ground with a stick […] and predict the future. I once witnessed this in the inner West. Some will throw small stones on a piece of leather and then stare at them for a long period of time and then state their prediction. This is well known in every place I have passed through. Some throw a
also in the here and now of sages’ own day. It is important to note, moreover, that the interplay of Heaven and earth takes place not only in matters of law, but also theology and the interpretation of events and prediction of the future, certainly critical matters in the conception of Prophecy that
, 1949), 523-25.
K. Berthelot / Journal for the Study of Judaism 42 (2011) 166-187 183 them, though they have become illustrious and conspicuous in the mean- time.” This can only designate the Romans, those who defeated the Mace- donians. Moreover, Philo is aware that in his time, any prediction
villains are anything but threatening, or even worthy of condemnation, in "the comic triumph"'" of the tales. Moreover, it is precisely the theme of the "transitoriness" of the heathen kingdoms that is carried to its most extreme, apocalyptic level in the second half of the book. The predictions of the
„Herzenswandel“ (V. 5) die Rede ist. In diesem Zusammenhang erwägt M.E. Stone, „The Angelic Prediction in the Primary Adam Books,“ Literature on Adam and Eve (s. Anm. 4), 111-131, eine traditionsgeschichtliche Priorität der armenischen Version; die Textkritik zeigt jedoch, daß auch der griechische Text noch
four (anythings). That illustrates what I mean by a religious system . It is a mode of thought or logic characteristic of a set of religious ideas that generates new truth, accommodates fresh data, permits us to make predictions concerning what must fol- low from a given proposition. The logic of the
predictions concerning what must follow from a given proposition. The logic of the system then is brought to bear upon the new truth and self-evidence enters in.
That returns us to the task of comparing religions through what is alike and what is different. What is common among several religious traditions
year of an unidentified sovereign's reign. J.C. SHELTON, "An Astrological Prediction of Disturbances in Egypt", Anc. Soc. 7 (1976), pp. 209-213, connects this text with the revolt of the in 172/3 CE, but other interpretations are not excluded; thus, this fragment could relate the 14th year of Trajan