Early Christianity and Ancient Astrology by Timothy Hegedus

By Timothy Hegedus

Early Christianity and historic Astrology explores numerous responses to astrology, the most well-liked type of divination between early Christians in Greco-Roman antiquity. After a short review of historical astrological thought and a survey of polemical responses to it, this booklet files situations within which early Christian writers and groups integrated astrology definitely into their ideals and practices. This research is of curiosity to scholars of early Christianity and of Greco-Roman faith and to these taken with interfaith kin or with problems with Christian team spirit and variety. it truly is quite urged to be used in classes at the historical past of Christianity and at the religions of Greco-Roman antiquity.

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52 Notes 1. 50–87. 2). 2. See the summaries in Boll, Bezold and Gundel, Sternglaube und Sterndeutung, 25 and Bouché-Leclercq, 589–590. 5 refers to a mid-wife (μαι^α) as does the parallel text in Ambrose’s Hexaemeron Argument of Practical Impossibility 37 (obstetrix). 3. Quibus e diverso nos dicimus quia magna est mora nativitatis. Si igitur in ictu puncti constellatio permutatur, necese iam erit ut tot dicant fata, quot sunt membra nascentium (PL 76, 1112B). 4. p. 52–53 McDonough. 5. 44. 6. " 7.

80. p. 28–29 Green. 81. 9–13; in the latter Sidonius’ criticism of astrology is surprisingly muted). On Sidonius Apollinaris see PLRE, vol. 2, 115–118. 20 Early Christianity and Ancient Astrology 82. aliquid horum simile exercens in comitatu meo vel Caesaris fuerit deprehensus praesidio dignitatis cruciatus et tormenta non fugiat (p. 7–8 Mommsen). 83. Cesset mathematicorum tractatus. Nam si qui publice aut privatim in die noctuque deprehensus fuerit in cohibito errore versari, capitali sententia feriatur uterque.

35 This version of the argument of practical impossibility, like the argument from procession, also seems to belong uniquely to Origen. 14, where he refers to an astrological doctrine according to which the horoscope was believed to influence not only future events but also the past: Among the things which are proclaimed by the astrologers, they think that events which are earlier than the configuration [of stars] are foretold concerning human beings. e. g. g. 43 At any rate, within the overall astrological system and its underlying doctrine of cosmic sympathy it made sense to relate the horoscope to parents, as Bouché-Leclercq remarks: L’astrologie avait la prétention d’être en pleine possession du trépied divinatoire, le passé, le présent et l’avenir.

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