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The Pagan God:
Popular Religion in the Greco-Roman Near East
Javier Teixidor

Paperback | 2015 | $29.95 | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780691616612
Hardcover | 2016 | $74.95 | £62.95 | ISBN: 9780691643878
206 pp. | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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Javier Teixidor has found evidence that belief in a supreme god developed during the first millennium B.C. The Phoenician and Aramaic inscriptions he discusses indicate a trend toward monotheism that facilitated the spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The author concludes that the traditional characteristics of the popular religions were preserved during this period and that the Hellenistic culture and the mystery cults did not have a significant effect on popular piety. Here, then, is a major reinterpretation of the religious life of the Near East in the Greco-Roman period based on a reliable source of information.

Originally published in 1977.

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