This is a uniquely well-informed and comprehensive guide to the world of religion in the Graeco-Roman environment of early Christianity. Drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship, the volume paints a carefully nuanced portrait of the Christians' religious context. Besides describing ordinary domestic and civic religion and popular belief (including astrology, divination and 'magic'), there is extended discussion of mystery cults, ruler and emperor cults, the religious dimensions of philosophy, and Gnosticism. A valuable textbook for advanced students, as well as an authoritative reference work for scholars.
About the Author
Dr. Hans-Josef Klauck is Professor of New Testament Exegesis, University of Munich, Germany.
Table of Contents
I. Daily life and Liminal Experiences: Civic and Domestic Religion
II. The Fascination of the Mysterious: Th e Mystery Cults
III. Popular Belief: A Panorama - Astrology, Soothsaying, Miracles, Magic
IV. Divinised Human Beings: The Cult of Rulers and Emperors
V. In search of Happiness: Philosophy and Religion
VI. Return to the Divine Origin: TheGnostic Transformation