Imagining Creation (paperback)

Imagining Creation (paperback)

by Markham (Mark) Geller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 9004186239

ISBN-13: 9789004186231

Pub. Date: 11/27/2007

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004186231
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Series:
IJS Studies in Judaica Series, #5
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Foreword
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
Index

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