Chapter 4. The Integration of Household and Community Religion in Ancient Syria

  1. John Bodel Professor2 and
  2. Saul M. Olyan PhD Professor3
  1. Daniel E. Fleming Professor

Published Online: 23 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302974.ch4

Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

How to Cite

Fleming, D. E. (2009) The Integration of Household and Community Religion in Ancient Syria, in Household and Family Religion in Antiquity (eds J. Bodel and S. M. Olyan), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302974.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    Samuel Ungerleider Jr Professor of Judaic Studies, Brown University, USA

Author Information

  1. New York University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 MAY 2008

Book Series:

  1. The Ancient World: Comparative Histories

Book Series Editors:

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175791

Online ISBN: 9781444302974

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Keywords:

  • household and community religion in Syria;
  • role of households in ancient society and religion and awareness of familiar polarities;
  • seeking a framework - relationship between rites and religious life of house and community as a whole;
  • Bronze Age Emar - persistent commitment to collective governance;
  • care for the gods and the dead;
  • Dagan - god of first resort;
  • personal names - slippery source for historical information depending on convention;
  • households and public shrines;
  • religion and society - religion's essence, ancient Near Eastern religion grounded in a “poly” world;
  • ancestors, real or imagined - binding people into single households and into larger groups

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Emar in the Late Bronze Age

  • Care for the Gods and the Dead

  • Dagan: God of First Resort

  • Personal Names

  • Households and Public Shrines

  • Religion and Society