11. Divination: Prophecy & Apocalyptic
Philip R. Davies† [+]
University of Sheffield, (Emeritus)
The authors and readers of both the Old and the New Testaments lived in what is often called a ‘prescientific’ age, when the factors that determined much of human life—disease, famine, war, childbirth, the weather—were believed to depend on the activity of supernatural agents: gods, demons, spirits. These could be manipulated by various rites of intercession, appeasement or gratitude.