Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins

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NOTES

1. Religious Criticism
1
For examples of studies about several regions using a wide variety of methods, see Geertz 1980; Valeri 1985; Hardacre 1989; and Olupona 1991.
2
I will not invest space in a recitation of the history of the interpretation of imperial cults, for a good deal of that history is not particularly enlightening. Price 1984b constituted a fundamental turning point in the interpretation of imperial cults. He also provided a helpful summary of some of the problems (11–19).
3
Although the use of male pronouns for generic concepts is dated, I have chosen to retain them in quotations without the conventional “[sic]. ” Grammar and the politics of gender are important issues, but they are not my main concern in this study.
4
Cantwell Smith 1963:38. Pagan and early Christian authors did not use the Latin religio to signify a system of doctrine, a set of practices, or institutional considerations. They shared a rough consensus of religio as a personal encounter with the transcendent. During the Middle Ages religio was not a prominent term. The notion of a dynamic response to the living God lived on instead in the concept of “faith. ” When religio does appear in medieval texts, it tends to take on the meaning of rites, especially those associated with the monastic life (1963:19–32).
5
Cantwell Smith 1963:42.
6
Cantwell Smith 1963:44.
7
Cantwell Smith 1963:47.
8
Cantwell Smith 1963:44–48.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John *
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Religious Criticism 5
  • I - The Logic of Participation 23
  • 2 - Provincial Imperial Cults of Asia Under Augustus and Tiberius 25
  • 3 - Provincial Cults from Gaius to Domitian 39
  • 4 - A Survey 56
  • 5 - Two Case Studies 77
  • 6 - Groups and Individuals 104
  • 7 - Imperial Cults as Religion 122
  • II - Revelation, Resistance 133
  • 8 - Revelation in Space and Time 135
  • 9 - Space and Time in Revelation 152
  • 10 - Working with Myth 167
  • 11 - Communities Worshipping Humans 180
  • 12 - Worship and Authority 194
  • 13 - Revelation in This World 210
  • Glossary 219
  • Notes 225
  • Bibliography 259
  • Index of Ancient Sources 273
  • General Index 281
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