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Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

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Overview

Take a deep dive into the ancient roots of our culture as you explore the religious history of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: Talking About Ancient Religious Cultures
  • 2: What is Religion?
  • 3: Early Prehistoric Religion
  • 4: Prehistoric Religion—The Neolithic Era
  • 5: Egypt—A Unique Religious Culture
  • 6: Egyptian Creation Stories and Their Meaning
  • 7: The Egyptian Pantheon
  • 8: Egyptian Myths of Kingship
  • 9: Egyptian Myths of the Underworld
  • 10: Egypt—The Power of Goddesses
  • 11: Egypt—Religion in Everyday Life
  • 12: Egypt—The Beginning of Wisdom
  • 13: Mesopotamia—The Land Between the Rivers
  • 14: Mesopotamia—Stories of Creation
  • 15: Mesopotamia—Inanna the Goddess
  • 16: Mesopotamia—Gilgamesh the King
  • 17: Mesopotamia—The Search for Eternal Life
  • 18: Mesopotamia—The Great Flood
  • 19: Ancient Concepts of the Divine
  • 20: The Gods of Syria-Palestine
  • 21: Israel's Ancestral History
  • 22: Israel's National History
  • 23: Prophecy in the Ancient Near East
  • 24: Early Prophecy in Israel
  • 25: Classical Israelite Prophecy
  • 26: Israel's Great Crisis
  • 27: Syria-Palestine—The Problem of Evil
  • 28: Early Aegean Civilizations
  • 29: Religious Culture in the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • 30: Religious Culture in Archaic Greece
  • 31: Greece—How Things Came to Be
  • 32: Greece—The Goddess
  • 33: The Classical Era in Greece
  • 34: Greece—Philosophy as Religion
  • 35: Religious Culture in the Hellenistic World
  • 36: Mystery Religions in the Hellenistic World
  • 37: Mystery Religions from the East
  • 38: Roman Religious Culture Before the Empire
  • 39: Rome—Saviors and Divine Men
  • 40: Rome—Divination, Astrology, and Magic
  • 41: Rome—Critics and Charlatans
  • 42: Jesus of Nazareth as a Figure in History
  • 43: Creating Jesus Communities
  • 44: Living and Dying for the God(s)
  • 45: Women's Religious Roles in the Early Empire
  • 46: The Jesus Movement in the Greco-Roman World
  • 47: The Death and Rebirth of the Old Gods
  • 48: Conclusion—Persisting Ideas and Yearnings

Taught by

Glenn S. Holland, Ph.D.

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