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Psychology of Prophecy in Early Christianity


Prophetism and religious altered states of consciousness


Dr. Humm analyses early Christian prophetic activity seeking to understand the psychological states behind it. A system of categories is suggested based on the external appearances and subjective claims of modern phenomena. Assuming that the ancients followed the same patterns, most instances described in early Christian literature are reviewed and categorized.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-618-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 14,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 290
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-618-3
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Psychology of Prophecy in Early Christianity analyzes early Christian prophetic activity and seeks to understand the psychological states behind it. A system of categories is suggested based on the external appearances and subjective claims of modern phenomena. Assuming that the ancients followed the same patterns, most instances described in early Christian literature are reviewed and categorized.

Indigenous (Greek and Hebrew) categories are also discussed, and an attempt is made to determine the expectations provided by both the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds. The material is reviewed statistically by date, sect, social context, psychological type and region.

Psychology of Prophecy in Early Christianity analyzes early Christian prophetic activity and seeks to understand the psychological states behind it. A system of categories is suggested based on the external appearances and subjective claims of modern phenomena. Assuming that the ancients followed the same patterns, most instances described in early Christian literature are reviewed and categorized.

Indigenous (Greek and Hebrew) categories are also discussed, and an attempt is made to determine the expectations provided by both the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds. The material is reviewed statistically by date, sect, social context, psychological type and region.

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Contributor Biography

Alan Humm

Alan D. Humm is an instructor at Miller-Motte College in Cary, NC. He received an MA in religious studies from the University of North Carolina, and a PhD in the same field from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • List of Illustrations (page 7)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Abbreviations (page 11)
    • Modern (page 11)
    • Ancient (page 12)
    • Introduction: the problem(s) (page 15)
    • 1 Definitions (page 21)
      • Category systems (page 23)
        • Traditional categories (page 24)
        • Sociological categories (page 28)
        • Psychological categories (page 45)
      • Ancient Terminology (page 63)
        • Hellenistic Greek terminology (page 63)
        • Hellenistic Jewish terminology (page 79)
    • 2 Early Christianity (page 87)
    • 3 The post-apostolic age (page 119)
      • From about 80 to 150 CE (page 119)
      • From about 150 to 200 CE (page 143)
        • The Proto-unorthodox (page 143)
        • Proto-orthodox (page 157)
        • The New Prophecy (page 166)
      • Later third century (page 195)
      • Decline (page 201)
    • 4 Charting the seas (page 207)
    • 5 Reflections and Prognostications (page 217)
    • Appendix 1: Glossary (page 221)
    • Appendix 2: Montanist Prophecies (page 227)
    • Bibliography (page 233)
    • Index (page 281)