The Phoenician Solar Theology

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dc.contributor.author Azize, JJ
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-21T05:53:51Z
dc.date.issued 2005-01
dc.identifier.citation 2005, 1
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-59333-210-5
dc.identifier.other A1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/1651
dc.description.abstract This is the first examination of the fragments of the solar theology of the Phoenicians. Beginning from the Emperor Julians fourth-century statement, that, in the opinion of the Phoenicians, "the sunlight which is sent forth everywhere is the immaculate action of pure mind itself," this book contends that there existed an authentic and ancient Phoenician solar theology, similar to that described by Julian, reaching back to the sixth or fifth century BCE. Such a theology is described in Damaskios quotation from Mochos, the Sidonian philosopher. A passage from Philo of Byblos, preserved in John Lydus, and referring to the noetic light, strengthens this argument. Phoenician funerary inscriptions are examined, together with relevant artistic evidence and some surviving accounts of Phoenician thought. Altogether, a portrait of Phoenician spiritual thought emerges: a native tradition not dependent upon Hellenic thought, but related to other Semitic cultures of the ancient Near East, and, of course, to Egypt. Many themes and motifs from ancient Phoenician religion are discussed, such as the phoenix bird (the Phoenician bird) which was associated with the concept of immortality, and the possibility that there was a Phoenician cult of Yhwh. The book abstracts seven ideas from the extant material as axial concepts. In light of this analysis, it can be seen that Phoenician religion possessed a unique organizing power in which the sun, the sun god, life, death, and humanity, were linked in a profound system, which seems to have been common amongst the Phoenician city states.
dc.publisher Gorgias Press
dc.title The Phoenician Solar Theology
dc.type Book
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation New Jersey, USA en_US
dc.publocation New Jersey, USA
dc.publocation New Jersey, USA
dc.identifier.startpage en_US
dc.identifier.endpage en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2199 Other History and Archaeology
dc.personcode 040092
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other History and Archaeology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
dc.edition 1
dc.edition 1
dc.description.keywords Phoenicia; Neoplatonism; Julian; Iamblichus; Porphyry; Ugarit; Solar Theology en_US
dc.description.keywords Phoenicia
dc.description.keywords Neoplatonism
dc.description.keywords Julian
dc.description.keywords Iamblichus
dc.description.keywords Porphyry
dc.description.keywords Ugarit
dc.description.keywords Solar Theology
dc.description.keywords Phoenicia
dc.description.keywords Neoplatonism
dc.description.keywords Julian
dc.description.keywords Iamblichus
dc.description.keywords Porphyry
dc.description.keywords Ugarit
dc.description.keywords Solar Theology
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Law


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