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Mystery Religions
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I. Religious Studies – II. The Christian Cult and the Mysteries – III. Art History

I. Religious Studies

Modern discussion of the Greek mysteries goes back to the material collected by the Dutch scholar Jan de Meurs (1619), which served as the main source for I. Casaubon's argument that the Early Church borrowed but changed some terminology and institutions from the mysteries (Exercitationes, 1655). The belief that there was a specific religious phenome…

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Gordon, Richard L., Betz, Hans Dieter, Felmy, Karl Christian, Brüske, Gunda, Stolz, Michael and Gerhard, Anselm, “Mystery Religions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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