Religious Doctrines and Dogmas: MAJOR THEMES AND MOTIFS: Prophecy: PROPHECY IN CHRISTIANITY
Religious Doctrines and Dogmas
PROPHECY IN CHRISTIANITY
Divination and prophecy in the Hellenistic world.
The problem of false prophets that occurred in Old Testament
times also occurred in the early
Prophets and diviners were widespread throughout the Hellenistic
Greek prophetes was not only a forthteller
but also an interpreter of divine messages. In addition, there
were mantics (from the Greek mantis)--i.e., visionary
seers--whose visions were interpreted by prophets, soothsayers,
diviners of all kinds, and especially astrologers. The impetus
for much of this activity came from Babylonia. The influx of
new religions from the East brought a profusion of astrologers
and prophets. Many schools of
astrology were founded
throughout the Hellenistic world, and old schools of philosophy
became very much occupied with astrology.
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