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Worlds Full of Signs

Ancient Greek Divination in Context


Kim Beerden

Worlds Full of Signs compares Greek divination to divinatory practices in Neo-Assyrian Mesopotamia and Republican Rome. It argues that the character of Greek divination differed fundamentally from that of the two comparanda. Ample attention is given to background and method at first. Subsequent chapters discuss the divinatory elements – sign, homo divinans, and text, relating divination to time and uncertainty. This book brings together sources originating from various times and places, questioning these to consider both generalities of ancient divination and specifics of Greek divination. Greek divination was inherently flexible on many levels: these findings should be connected to Greek views on time and the future as well as the relatively low level of divinatory institutionalization.


Paul R. Raabe

? Repeatedly the God of Israel is the verbal subject of the sentences. He is doing things in human history among the foreign nations. Therefore the question naturally arises: “What is the God of Israel up to? What are his actions, and what purposes will they serve?” Chapters 46, 48, and 49 clearly present


Magnar Kartveit

, to the subsidiary subject, and to the connected implication system; and he uses “tenor” for the principal subject, for the implications connected with that subject, and for the resultant meaning of the expression in its context. On this background, it is no wonder that later authors use “tenor” and


Wido van Peursen

preceding clause. Whether or not it does so, depends on an interplay of two mechanisms: inheritance and blocking. Kalkman identifies the syntactic phenomena that determine these mechanisms, such as constituent order or subject continuity or discontinuity. Another PhD student of Talstra, Oliver Glanz


Mark Leuchter

conventions (Jer 25:1–13 as a colophon, for example). 29 It is in the latter half of the book (chapters 26–51 in the MT ), however, where scribes and writing become explicit subjects of discourse. In what follows, we will consider three episodes that presuppose and amplify Deuteronomy’s concept of scribal


Georg Fischer

interpreted Jer 1:9 as “dramatization” of Deut 18 , adding to the mere words a unique divine gesture underlining and visualizing them. 2 No other text of the Hebrew Bible uses the phrase נתן דברי בפה , “to put my words into the mouth,” with God as a subject. 3 Thus, an “exclusive relationship” 4 unites


Diana Edelman

בגד would be a bet of cause, and the definite article before בגד would be intended to signal possession (Joüon §137f). The logical owner of the clothes would be the subject of the sentence, Michal. 4) Michal first arranged the bed’s canopy (כביר העזים) to obscure a clear view of the contents of


Mercedes L. García Bachmann

conqueror was far from affection. I am also aware that romantic love is overpriced and culturally-bound. Yet, since I am also culturally bound in this particular case to the “tango connection” that brought me to this subject, at this point I will only look at biblical texts depicting relationships permeated


Michael Segal

καρδία αὐτοῦ], καὶ εἶπεν (ἐνέγκαι…) (1) King Baltasar …(2) And he was drinking wine, [and his heart was exalted] 27 and he said (to bring the gold and silver vessels …). The name Βαλτασαρ is not repeated at the beginning of v. 2 as in mt /Theod since the subject continues from v. 1. There is no