The Religion of the Nabataeans: A Conspectus

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BRILL, 2001 - Religion - 242 pages
The history of the Nabataean Kingdom of Hellenistic-Roman times, centred on Petra, is now well known, but until the publication of this book, no monograph has been devoted to Nabataean religion, known to us principally from inscriptions in Nabataean Aramaic, iconography, archaeology and Greek literary texts. After a critical survey of the sources, the author analyses systematically the information on the individual gods worshipped by the Nabataeans, including a detailed illustrated account of temples and iconography. A further major section discusses religious themes: aniconism, henotheism, death-cult and the divinisation of kings. In a final chapter, Nabataean religion is considered in relation to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The book will be of particular interest to historians of religion in the Graeco-Roman Near East and to Semitic epigraphists.

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Problems of Method and a Survey of Sources
Background Nabataean History and Trade
Sacred Places
The Nabataean God and Goddess
Other Deities Worshipped by the Nabataeans
Images and Rituals
The World of Nabataean Religion

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John F. Healey, Ph.D. (1977), SOAS, University of London, is Professor of Semitic Studies at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Ugaritic and Aramaic Studies. His publications include "The Nabataean Tomb Inscriptions of Mada'in Salih" (Oxford, 1993) and, with H. J. W. Drijvers, "The Old Syriac Inscriptions of Edessa and Osrhoene" (Leiden, 1999).

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