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The "Belly-Myther" of Endor

Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church


Rowan Greer and Margaret Mitchell

The story of Saul and the woman at Endor in 1 Samuel 28 (LXX 1 Kingdoms 28) lay at the center of energetic disputes among early Christian authors about the nature and fate of the soul, the source of prophetic gifts, and biblical truth. In addition to providing the original texts and fresh translations of works by Origen, Eustathius of Antioch (not previously translated into English), and six other authors, Greer and Mitchell offer an insightful introduction to and detailed analysis of the rhetorical cast and theological stakes involved in early church debates on this notoriously difficult passage.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

Adam Stout

. Glastonbury is seen by many as the home of “alternative” thinking — the archaeologist Philip Rahtz described it as “the Mecca of all irrationality” ( 1991 :128). But there is nothing static about what “alternative” means. In England at the time of the Christian Reformation, when the “mainstream” was Catholic

Tarald Rasmussen

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156852709X405044 Numen 56 (2009) 366–384 Hell Disarmed? Th e Function of Hell in Reformation Spirituality Tarald Rasmussen Th e University of Oslo, Faculty of Th eology, P.O. Box 1023, 0315 Oslo, Norway tarald


Matthew S. Goldstone

headings (Wortley, The Anonymous Sayings of the Desert Fathers , 1–3). For more on this “third” form see Ibid., Introduction. 10 For more on these two forms, their collection and development, see Burton-Christie, The Word in the Desert , 85–88; Rubenson, “The Formation and Re-Formations of the Sayings of

Christopher R. Cotter

prominent theme that emerged throughout the volume. Denis J.-J. Robichaud’s “Renaissance and Reformation” goes beyond its purview and provides a useful genealogy of “humanism,” but also dives into the question of how one might perform unbelief. This theme is taken up by others, such as Lois Lee (“Western

Anders Klostergaard Petersen

64 : 5 – 34 . Petersen , Anders Klostergaard . Forthcoming a. “ Ancient Greek Philosophy: Philosophy or Religious Reformation? ” In Anders Klostergaard Petersen and Lars Albinus (eds.), Intersections and Conflations between Ancient Greek Philosophy and Religion , (Ancient Philosophy

Amy C. Dolphin and Karl-Ludwig Ay

the Reformation Era suc- ceeded in imposing their own personal choice of faith upon their subjects or how far they allowed things to take their course without interference; then on whether they in this way curtailed, permitted or even supported the development of that capitalist and bourgeois economic

Marvin W. Meyer

attributed to 'Popery,' by the Reformation and post-Reformation controversialists, have been transferred, wholesale to the religions of Late Antiquity" (p. 34)? . DePaul University JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN 2323 N. Seminary Chicago, IL 60614, USA Mysteries Divine MARVIN W. MEYER In his book Drudgery Divine

.). Hughes, Aaron W. and Elliot R. Wolfson (eds.), New Directions in Jewish Philosophy , Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 2010. 362 pp. ISBN 978-0-253-30031-7 (hbk.) ISBN 978-0-253-221643 (pbk.). Maas, Korey D., The Reformation and Robert Barnes. History, Theology and Polemic in Early

religion, especially as the conference is held in collabora- tion, and will be meeting concurrently, with the American Society for Reformation Research, The North American Patristics Society, the 8th Conference on Cistercian Studies, the Society of Byzantinists and others. z5-z8 May, -r978 The Deutsche