By Christian H. Bull, Liv Ingeborg Lied, John D. Turner
Secret and secrecy have been significant innovations within the ritual, rhetoric, and sociological stratification of old Mediterranean religions. That the last word nature and workings of the divine have been mystery, and both couldn't or shouldn't be printed other than as a secret for the initiated, was once extensively approved between Pagans, Jews, after which Christians, either Gnostic and another way. The similarities and modifications within the language of puzzle and secrecy throughout spiritual and cultural borders are therefore the most important for realizing this crucial interval of the historical past of religions. the current anthology goals to give and research a big variety of assets elucidating this topic, reflecting the correspondingly huge scholarly pursuits of Professor Einar Thomassen in honor of his sixtieth birthday.