The Phoenician Solar Theology

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dc.contributor.author Azize, Joseph en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-21T05:53:51Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-21T05:53:51Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2006010127 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Azize Joseph 2005, 'The Phoenician Solar Theology',Gorgias Press, New Jersey, USA en_US
dc.identifier.issn 978-1-59333-210-5 en_US
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 Julian?s 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. en_US
dc.publisher Gorgias Press en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon en_US
dc.title The Phoenician Solar Theology en_US
dc.parent en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation New Jersey, USA en_US
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 219900 en_US
dc.personcode 040092 en_US
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.description.keywords Phoenicia; Neoplatonism; Julian; Iamblichus; Porphyry; Ugarit; Solar Theology en_US
dc.staffid 040092 en_US


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