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I. Ancient Near East and Old Testament – II. Greco-Roman World and the New Testament – III. Early Church

I. Ancient Near East and Old Testament

The starry heavens were the object of enthusiastic study in the ancient Near East from earliest times. This is associated with the importance of the star cycles for the calendar and with belief in the divinity of the stars (Astral religion). From veneration of the stars, astral divination or astrology developed …

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Albani, Matthias, Böcher, Otto and Hübner, Wolfgang, “Constellations”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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