Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

8. No End to Sacrifice in Hermetism

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Christian H. Bull [+-]
University of Oslo
Christian Bull is a post-doctoral researcher for the project NEWCONT (New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt) at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Theology. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) / ERC Grant Agreement no. 283741. Bull received his PhD 2014 in religious studies with his thesis “The Tradition of Hermes: The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom.” His research interests are ancient religions, Egyptian religions, early Christianity, Gnosticism and theory of the study of religions. He has published on Hermetism, most recently in Secrecy in the Nag Hammadi Collection and Other Ancient Literature: Ideas and Practices (2012), co-edited with L. I. Lied and J. D. Turner.

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In a similar vein to the preceeding chapter, and likewise proceeding from the Corpus Hermeticum, Christian Bull follows a recent scholarly development in the evaluation of the Hermetic treatises as appendages of a real cultic community. Bull insists on rectifying the notion of the Hermetic spiritual and spoken exercises as dismissals of material sacrifice. Unlike the intentions of traditional Graeco-Roman animal sacrifice to increase the prosperity of land and lineage, the concept of material sacrifice in ancient Egypt was distinctly tied to a concept of piety and cosmic order. This notion responds well with the ideals of both Jewish and Hermetic communities in Late Antiquity.

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Bull, Christian. 8. No End to Sacrifice in Hermetism. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 143-166 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28079. Date accessed: 23 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28079. Feb 2016

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