Prayer From Alexander To Constantine: A Critical Anthology

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Prayer From Alexander To Constantine presents a diverse selection of prayer chosen by over 40 different historians, all specialists in their respective areas of Graeco-Roman literature. This collaboration gives the book a range and depth that no individual author could hope to rival.
Each selection includes an introductory essay, followed by a new English translation of the prayer, accompanied by critical notes and biography. In this way the reader is able to gain an insight into the variety of subjects and styles involved in people's communications with their gods in antiquity.
The volume will be a key text for students engaged in courses which explore the period's history and theologies. There is no comparable anthology available in English. The volume will also be of value to the general reader interested in the history of this period and anyone interested in the forms of prayer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415132343
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Kiley holds a PhD in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. He is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy/Theology division at St. John's University, New York.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
General Introduction 1
Pt. I Judaica
1 An introduction to prayer at Qumran 9
2 A thanksgiving for God's help (4Q434 ii-iii) 14
3 Apostrophe to Zion (11Q Psalms Scroll 22:1-15) 18
4 Dibre Hamme'orot: Prayer for the Sixth Day (4Q504 1-2 v-vi) 23
5 Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice 28
6 Hymn on Occasions for Prayer (1QS 10:8b-17) 33
7 Prayers in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha 38
8 In misery, Tobit prays for death (3:1-6) 43
9 God condemns the arrogance of power: the prayer in 3 Maccabees 6:2-15 48
10 Prayer of Noah: Jubilees 10:3-6 53
11 Judith prays for help (Judith 9:1-14) 59
12 Prayer of a convert to Judaism (Joseph and Aseneth 12-13) 65
13 The Song of Hannah in Pseudo-Philo's Biblical Antiquities 73
14 2 Baruch 54:1-22 79
15 Josephus and Philo 86
16 The prayer of Moses in Josephus, Antiquities 2:355-7 92
17 Philo of Alexandria: two prayers 99
18 The Shema and the Amidah: rabbinic prayer 108
Pt. II Greeks and Romans
19 Prayer in Greco-Roman religions 123
20 Cato the Elder 128
21 Cleanthes - Hymn to Zeus 133
22 Catullus 34: a prayer to Diana by C. Valerius Catullus 139
23 The oath of Aeneas: Vergil, Aeneid 12.176-94 144
24 A prayer of Scipio Africanus: Livy 29.27.2-4 149
25 The Isis hymn on Diodorus of Sicily (1.27.3) 155
26 Written in stone: a prayer to Augustus 159
27 A secret hymn about rebirth: Corpus Hermeticum XIII.17-20 165
28 Prayer in Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe 171
29 An Ephesian tale: prayers to Isis and other gods 176
30 A prayer to Sarapis in P. Oxy. 1070 181
31 The prayer in Menander Rhetor 2.445.25-446.13 185
32 Orphic Hymn 13: to Kronos 190
33 Hymn to Selene-Hecate-Artemis from a Greek magical handbook (PGM IV 2714-83) 195
34 The Hermetic Prayer of Thanksgiving, Nag Hammadi Codex VI, 7:63, 33-65, 7 200
Pt. III Christ Traditions
35 Prayer in the New Testament 207
36 A Jesus tradition prayer (Q 11:2b-4; Matt 6:9b-13; Luke 11:2b-4; Didache 8.2) 211
37 Luke 1:46-55 The Magnificat 216
38 Jesus' 'High Priestly Prayer': John 17 222
39 Acts 4:24-30: Prayer of the friends of Peter and John in Jerusalem 230
40 Philippians 2:6-11 235
41 Colossians 1:15-20 240
42 Revelation 4:8-11; 5:9-14: heavenly hymns of creation and redemption 244
43 Post New Testament Christian prayers 250
44 1 Clement 59.3-61.3: epistolary prayer in Clement of Rome 254
45 The eucharist prayers from Didache 9 and 10 260
46 Ignatius Ephesians 19.1-3 267
47 Ode of Solomon 5: praise while contemplating persecutors 273
48 Acts of Paul and Thecla 28-31 280
49 Polycarp's final prayer (Martyrdom of Polycarp 14) 285
50 Prayer of the Apostle Paul from the Nag Hammadi Library 291
51 Hymn of the Holy Clement to Christ the Saviour: Clement of Alexandria, Pedagogue 296
52 Origen's prayer to Jesus the Footwasher 304
53 Shepherd prayer - Acts of Peter 10 309
54 The Phos Hilaron 315
Glossary 319
Index 323
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