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Jealous Gods And Chosen People

Author : David Leeming
ISBN : 0195348990
Genre : Social Science
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Esteemed scholar David Leeming, who has authored more than twelve books on mythology, here offers the first comprehensive narrative study of the mythology of the Middle East, that tumultuous region that was the cradle of civilization. Leeming begins with a brief, engaging history of the Middle East, spanning Neolithic cultures, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, the invention of writing and the rise of Egypt and Babylonia, Israel and Roman rule, and the early history of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of the mythology of the region, covering individual pantheons, cosmic myths, mythic heroes, and much more. Leeming ranges from prehistoric figures such as the Mother Goddess of ?atal H?y?k to Mesopotamian gods such as Marduk and mythic heroes such as Gilgamesh, to the pantheon of Egyptian mythology, including the falcon-headed sky-sun god Horus and jackal-headed Anubis. The author also offers an illuminating exploration of the mythology of the three great monotheistic religions of the region: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In a provocative Epilogue, Leeming depicts today's crisis in the Middle East as "violent, clearly immoral, and illegal actions" justified by "what can only be called myths." He notes that fundamentalists in the area's three religions all see their way as the only way, forgetting that myths represent truths that are spiritual and philosophical--not historical events that can be used to justify acts of violence. With key maps, illustrations, bibliography, and index, Jealous Gods and Chosen People provides an inclusive, authoritative, and captivating account of a mythology that remains a potent--and often destructive--force in the world today.

The Encyclopaedia Of Middle Eastern Mythology And Religion

Author : Jan Knappert
ISBN : UOM:49015002844430
Genre : Religion
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Identifies important concepts, individuals, places, and events in Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha'i faith

Creation Stories Of The Middle East

Author : Ewa Wasilewska
ISBN : 1853026816
Genre : Social Science
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This comprehensive study explores the region's 'forgotten' narratives, myths and traditions. Drawing on stories from Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia, Syria-Palestine and Persia, Wasilewska shows how these narratives of creation, destruction and rebirth reach to the very roots of the Biblical and Quranic Genesis.

Encyclopedia Of The Peoples Of Africa And The Middle East

Author : Facts On File, Incorporated
ISBN : 9781438126760
Genre : Africa
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Provides a reference to the history and culture of the peoples of Africa and the Middle East. Includes numerous entries on the major peoples that have maintained a cultural identity in the area, from ancient to modern times, summarizing their history, migration, culture, belief system, social organization, and relationship to other peoples.

Akkadian English Dictionary Volume Ii G Q

Author : Maximillien De Lafayette
ISBN : 9781304876690
Genre : Education
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Published by Times Square Press, New York and Berlin. Akkadian-English Dictionary. Epistemology. Etymology. Terminology. History. Texts translation. Linguistic cross-references. Comparative Lexicon/Thesaurus of Akkadian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Chaldean, Phoenician, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic. With additional linguistic cross-references: Turkish, Urdu and Persian (Farsi). Volume 2 from a set of 3 volumes. A most unique dictionary of the Akkadian language on many levels; mainly because of its comparison and analogy between Akkadian and 14 languages of the ancient world. Thousands of entries, definitions and epistemological explanation of the origin of the word, its derivation and variants in other languages. Abundance of photos, maps, illustrations and sketches.

A Modern Introduction To Theology

Author : Philip Kennedy
ISBN : 9780857737441
Genre : Religion
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Philip Kennedy here offers the first book that any student - with or without religious convictions - can profitably use to get quickly to grips with the essentials of the Christian religion: its history and its key thinkers, its successes and its failures. Most existing undergraduate textbooks of theology begin from essentially traditional positions on the Bible, doctrine, authority, interpretation, and God. What makes Philip Kennedy's book both singularly important and uniquely different is that it has a completely new starting-point. The author contends that traditional Christian theology must extensively overhaul many of its theses because of a multitude of modern social, historical and intellectual revolutions. Offering a grand historical sweep of the genesis of the modern age, and writing with panache and a magisterial grasp of the relevant debates, conflicts and controversies, A Modern Introduction to Theology moves a tired and increasingly incoherent discipline in genuinely fresh and exciting directions, and will be welcomed by students and readers of the subject.

A Dictionary Of Asian Mythology

Author : David Adams Leeming
ISBN : 0195120523
Genre : Social Science
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Offers alphabetically arranged stories of the revered deities, sacred places, key events and epics of Asia discusses the recurring themes and traditions that make up the varied fabric of Asian mythology.

The Handy Mythology Answer Book

Author : David A. Leeming
ISBN : 9781578595211
Genre : Social Science
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Stories centuries in the making, and many centuries worth of stories, are an integral part of modern society. Whether modern or ancient, every culture has its myths. Mythology forms our understanding of our origin, history, and traditions. They tell of our heroes and deities. Myths are vehicles for understanding religion, for learning language, and for understanding society, but they can often be difficult to understand and confusing. The Handy Mythology Answer Book examines and explains, in plain English, numerous myths and mythology. From the ancient Greek and Roman to Egypt and Babylon, from Native North American Indian to Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian, African, and the lesser known myths from around the world, The Handy Mythology Answer Book has them covered. Whether it is the modern retelling of a classic myth or an ancient story about a Norse god, this helpful resource demystifies the myth, looks at different archetypes and motifs, and even shows how myths help explain our existence and institutions. It answers nearly 600 questions and offers fun facts about the treachery and violence, the inspirational and epic, the supernatural monsters and heroic mortals found in mythology, such as How and when did myths originate? What are the three primary myth types? What is the nature of Creation Myths? How can myths be compared to dreams? Why do humans tell myths? What was the Egyptian Book of the Dead? How is the epic of Gilgamesh like later epics? Why is the biblical flood story so like the Babylonian flood myth? What was the myth of Theseus, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur? What are the Homeric Hymns? How and why are the Odyssey and the Iliad so different from each other? What is the popular appeal of the Odyssey? Did the Greeks see these myths as religion or as entertainment? What was the background myth of the Oedipus plays? What was the nature of Roman mythology during the Roman Republic? What was the Metamorphosis? How did Christian narrative and tradition fit into and come to dominate the Roman mythological tradition? How is Celtic culture and mythology related to the culture and mythology of Greek, Roman, and other cultures? How did the Vedas contribute to Hindu mythology? Who invented Chinese writing? What was the Aztec pantheon? What is the story of the Cherokee Grandmother Sun? Who are some Native American tricksters? What is the story of Schrödinger’s Cat? How did Freud use myths? How is myth used in politics? A glossary of commonly used terms and an appendix of parallel mythology exploring universal themes, motifs, and archetypes from across various cultures further explains the world of mythology.

From Yahweh To Zion

Author : Laurent Guyénot
ISBN : 0996143041
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Who is Yahweh? Where did he come from? How did this jealous, vengeful, exclusivist god shape the destiny of his chosen people? Can we trace a direct connection, through twenty-five centuries, linking the cult of Yahweh to contemporary Zionism?It all starts with the Old Testament, the ur-text for any serious inquiry into the Jewish question. That book ¿ more correctly known as the Torah ¿ does not simply recount the history of a people. It gives the children of Israel the keys to their divinely-ordained destiny. It was Jacob, son of Isaac, who returned from exile and took the name Israel: a name inherited by the whole Jewish people long before it designated a nation-state. That single name unites the patriarch, the people, and the promised land.The history of the Jewish people is intertwined with the history of humanity. What role did Jews play in the fall of Byzantium? How have they influenced the Christian church? What role did they play in the two terrible ¿European civil wars¿ of the first half of the twentieth century? Yahweh¿s people has always lived apart from the rest of humanity, endlessly reproducing the same Biblical schema: the Babylon captivity, the flight from Egypt, the Book of Esther. This psychological template for the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob unites them, alone against the world, from the vengeance holiday of Purim to the sacralized memory of the Holocaust. Even the creation of the modern nation-state of Israel has had no effect on the ¿invisible walls¿ of the ¿Jewish prison.¿This book is not just a scholarly inquiry into the history of an idea. It is also an appeal to our Jewish brothers and sisters to liberate themselves from a mythology that imprisons them in a schizophrenic relationship to the world. Alternately a chosen people and a cursed people, a people carrying a divine message and a people who kill the divine messengers, eternal guides to humanity and its eternal victims: To be born Jewish is to be born beneath the heavy weight of 2,500 years of history.

The Middle East South Asia Folklore Bulletin

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ISBN : IND:30000107558623
Genre : Folklore
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