Desire, Discord and Death: Approaches to Near Eastern Myth

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The three essays presented in this volume reveal the symbolic complexity and poetic visions of ancient Near Eastern mythology. The author explores the interrelated themes of erotic desire, divine conflict, and death's realm in selected ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian mythological narratives using contemporary methods of literary analysis. Topics include the construction of desire in the Gilgamesh epic, a psychoanalytic approach to 'The Contendings of Horus and Seth', and gender and the exercise of power in the stormy romance of Nergal and Ereshkigal. Walls' fresh treatment of these three important myths brings them to life for the specialist and mythology buff alike.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780897570565
  • Publisher: American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Publication date: 11/15/2001
  • Series: ASOR Books Series , #8
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Walls is Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Wake Forest University. A scholar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and related ancient Near Eastern texts, Walls is fascinated by the breadth, depth, and complexity of Old Testament literature. He enjoys helping students to become skillful interpreters of scripture, to appreciate the diversity of theological perspectives within the canon, and to reclaim the Old Testaments abundant theological imagination for the churchs ministries today. Walls also leads pilgrimages and travel programs to Africa and the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Hidden Riches in Secret Places 1
Methods and Approaches 3
Ch. 1 The Allure of Gilgamesh: The Construction of Desire in the Gilgamesh Epic 9
The Erotic Gilgamesh 17
Ch. 2 On the Couch with Horus and Seth: A Freudian Analysis (Or, The Case of Pharaoh's Mommy) 93
A Contentious Court: Two Episodes 98
The Three Contests 108
Ch. 3 Desire in Death's Realm: Sex, Power, and Violence in "Nergal and Ereshkigal" 127
Crucible of Desire 137
A Goddess Scorned 147
To Reign in Hell 161
References 183
Subject Index 205
Text Index 207
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