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Book: The Bible for the Curious

Chapter: 11. Divination: Prophecy & Apocalyptic

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.35692


The authors and readers of both the Old and the New Testaments lived in
what is often called a ‘prescientific’ age, when the factors that determined
much of human life—disease, famine, war, childbirth, the weather—were
believed to depend on the activity of supernatural agents: gods, demons,
spirits. These could be manipulated by various rites of intercession,
appeasement or gratitude.

Chapter Contributors

  • Philip Davies ( - philipdavies) 'University of Sheffield, (Emeritus)'