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By James C. VanderKam, George W. E. Nickelsburg

1 Enoch was once a major and renowned textual content in historic Judaism, good attested one of the manuscripts at Qumran, and a key piece of the puzzle of Jewish origins. George W. E. Nickelsburg and James C. VanderKam have now revised their translation together with their book of the total volumes on 1 Enoch within the Hermeneia remark sequence. this is often the single English translation of one Enoch that takes under consideration all the textual information now on hand within the Ethiopic model, the Greek texts, and the useless Sea Aramaic fragments–texts no longer on hand, for instance, in average variants of the lifeless Sea Scrolls.

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It was he who first received the address of 'lord and god' (dominus et deus) while still alive. Trajan was too much of a soldier to have much interest in the rather theatrical rites of the Egyptian cults, but even he is shown on his triumphal arch sacrificing to Isis and Harpocrates. Such general acceptance of Egyptian ideas, together with the practice 57 ofposthumous deification, persisted through the reigns ofthe secondcentury 'good emperors' Hadrian (PI. 22), Antoninus Pius (PI. 23) and Marcus Aurelius (PI.

These plates show mainly middle-class artefacts, but ones which are informed by beliefs common to the folk as a whole: beliefs in witches, fairies and hobgoblins, in gnomes ofthe garden and ghosts of the dead. The strains ofblack and white magic intertwine, shading off into a kind of grey magic which, while not usually vicious in intent, still serves only the earthly interests of the operator. Some would see evidence here of what they call the Old Religion, of the god of the witches with whom we associate phallicism, sympathetic magic, spells and charms.

Yet, although the Persian flatterer Tiridates addressed him as 'Mithra', 'Tyche', 'Moira', he never claimed to be a god, only a universal genius. His cosmic throne-room, which, if reports are true, had a revolving ceiling that moved with the heavens, was the centre of the Roman universe; and if not a devotee of ApolIo in the religious sense, Nero's natural deity was the leader of the Muses, patron of the arts, and director of the cosmic dance. Everything Egyptian appealed to Hadrian, most romantic of the emperors.

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