Imagining Creation

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Imagining Creation is a collection of views on creation by noted authors from different disciplines. Topics include creation accounts and iconography from Mesopotamia and Egypt, and cosmologies from India and Africa. Special attention is devoted to creation in the Scriptures (Bible and Koran) and related oral traditions on Genesis from Slavonic Europe, as well as Kabbalah. Some of the creations myths are earlier and some later than the Bible, while a number of the discussed texts offer alternative approaches to the beginnings of the universe. The contributions provide many new perspectives on the origins of man and his world from diverse cultures. The volume is the proceedings of a symposium on creation stories held at University College London.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004157651
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Series: IJS Studies in Judaica Series, #5
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Markham J. Geller (BA Princeton 1970, PhD Brandeis University 1974) is Professor of Semitic Languages, University College London, and works primarily on Near Eastern magic and medical texts.
Mineke Schipper (MA 1969 and PhD 1973 Free University of Amsterdam) is Professor of Intercultural Literary Studies at the University of Leiden. In her current research she is mainly working on a comparative approach to creation and origin myths.
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Table of Contents

Markham Geller and Mineke Schipper
Chapter One Introduction
Mary Douglas
Chapter Two Mesopotamian Creation Stories
W. G. Lambert
Chapter Three Creation Stories in Ancient Egypt
Stephen Quirke
Chapter Four You Can’t Get Here from There: The Logical Paradox of Ancient Indian Creation Myths
Wendy Doniger
Chapter Five Stories of the Beginning: Origin Myths in Africa South of the Sahara
Mineke Schipper
Chapter Six Modern Jewish Attitudes to the Concept of Myth
Wout Jac. van Bekkum
Chapter Seven Extract from Genesis 1–2 Translation and Commentary, Norton, NY 1996
Robert Alter
Chapter Eight The Bible in the Making: Slavonic Creation Stories
Florentina Badalanova
Chapter Nine Arab Creation Stories beyond the Pale
Abdullah al-Udhari
Chapter Ten Lurianic Creation Myths
Daphne Freedman
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