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Publication Date: 2012
Series: Ancient World: Comparative Histories
- Advances our understanding of household and familial religion, as opposed to state-sponsored or civic temple cults
- Reconstructs domestic and family religious practices in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Israel, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, Emar, and Philistia
- Explores many household rituals, such as providing for ancestral spirits, and petitioning of a household's patron deities or of spirits associated with the house itself
- Examines lifecycle rituals – from pregnancy and birth to maturity, old age, death, and beyond
- Looks at religious practices relating to the household both within the home itself and other spaces, such as at extramural tombs and local sanctuaries
Saul M. Olyan is Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University. He is the author of Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel (1988), A Thousand Thousands Served Him: Exegesis and the Naming of Angels in Ancient Judaism (1993), Rites and Rank: Hierarchy in Biblical Representations of Cult (2000), Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions (2004), and Disability in the Hebrew Bible: Interpreting Mental and Physical Differences (2008).