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Where Dreams May Come (2 vol. set)

Incubation Sanctuaries in the Greco-Roman World


Gil Renberg

Where Dreams May Come was the winner of the 2018 Charles J . Goodwin Award of Merit, awarded by the Society for Classical Studies.

In this book, Gil H. Renberg examines the ancient religious phenomenon of “incubation", the ritual of sleeping at a divinity’s sanctuary in order to obtain a prophetic or therapeutic dream. Most prominently associated with the Panhellenic healing god Asklepios, incubation was also practiced at the cult sites of numerous other divinities throughout the Greek world, but it is first known from ancient Near Eastern sources and was established in Pharaonic Egypt by the time of the Macedonian conquest; later, Christian worship came to include similar practices. Renberg’s exhaustive study represents the first attempt to collect and analyze the evidence for incubation from Sumerian to Byzantine and Merovingian times, thus making an important contribution to religious history.

This set consists of two books.

Andrew Tobolowsky

has recently changed with the publication of a monograph on the subject of threshing floors by Jamie Waters (Waters 2015 ). Waters argues, essentially, that threshing floors attract unusual events because they are sacred spaces animated by connection with YHWH. 2 Drawing on the work of Mircea Eliade

Antonio J. Morales

and magical recitations into monumental inscriptions in the Pyramid Texts was subjected to several stages of adaptation and recentering. At mapping the dimensions of transformation, one identifies a series of transformational procedures, mainly entextualization and textualization, accompanied by

Ryan Thomas

-ferentiation between painters A and B was “to some extent biased by the fact that A drew only animals, while B drew only human figures, and their styles may be closer to each other than is immediately apparent from the subject matter” (Beck 2012 : 183). Fourth, although Beck identified several distinct cultural

Thomas Schneider

of the god yahweh? 119 compound that would constitute as a whole the theophoric element and subject of a nominal sentence name. 18 This can be compared to the onomastic use of similar theophoric compounds, e.g. mlqrt < mlk-qrt „Melqart; King of the city“ in Phoenician-Punic names (Benz 347f

by language or faith. He selected significant subjects from this stream and gleaned useful and well-grounded analytical categories. His first major work, I Have Built You an Exalted House: Temple Building in the Bible in Light of Mesopotamian and Northwest Semitic Writings (Sheffield Academic Press

Ilya Yakubovich

contains a series of invocations to local deities. 1 The gods and goddesses are invited to come and taste the © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 JANER 5 Also available online – 1 Subject to the usual disclaimers. I would like to thank Theo van den Hout, who contributed to the composition of

Daniel O'Hare

priests, and he fi nds it necessary to provide “new, imaginative construals of the values in Priestly rhetoric” (320). Priestly e ff ectiveness can be judged by how the priests met the basic stan- dards of Torah (e.g. monotheism) and by the practical e ff ects of their rule on their subjects. “The Aaronides

Adam E. Miglio

subject of the imperatives in line three. It seems best to understand the deity Ba ʕ lu as the subject, though the issue is whether the deity is renamed in line three or if he is to be inferred from line one. The first option, namely to understand the word b ʕ l in line three as a vocative that restates