Prophets, Prophecy, and Oracles in the Roman Empire: Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman Cultures (Hardback) book cover

Prophets, Prophecy, and Oracles in the Roman Empire

Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman Cultures

By Leslie Kelly


98 pages

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This book surveys the uses and function of prophecy, prophets, and oracles among Jews, Christians, and pagans in the first three centuries of the Roman Empire and explores how prophecy and prophetic texts functioned as a common language that enabled religious discourse to develop between these groups. It shows that each of these cultures believed that it was in prophetic texts and prophetic utterances that they could find the surest proof of their religious beliefs and a strong confirmation of their group identity.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Jewish Prophets, Prophecy: First Century Sectarians, Visionaries, and Rebels

Chapter 2: The Early Christians: Prophecy, Apology, and Heresiology

Chapter 3: The Greco-Romans: Pagan Oracles and Christian Persecution



About the Author

Leslie Kelly is Associate Professor of History in the School of Arts & Humanities at American Public University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Classical Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General