Serpent Symbol In The Ancient Near East

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The serpent symbol has been a part of western culture since antiquity. Throughout time, it has been misunderstood and misrepresented. The Serpent Symbol in the Ancient Near East is the first comparative study of the origins of the serpent symbol from its first attestations in Dravidian South India through Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East including, Egypt, Classical Greece, and as far west as ancient Carthage. The role of the serpent as the agent of life, death, and healing is demonstrated in the various cultures both individually and in combination, in order to clearly understand the symbol.

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'The Serpent Symbol in the Ancient Near East' is a truly fascinating and seminal study, carefully researched and documented, revealing the true story behind the common symbolic figure many of us see everyday in ordinary life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761821243
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/12/2001
  • Series: Studies in Judaism Series
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie S. Wilson is President, Ink Masters, Research Affiliate, Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Dedication Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 In Search of the Serpent Chapter 5 Death, Life, and Healing Chapter 6 Extra-Biblical Nachash (Serpent) Chapter 7 Biblical Nachash (Serpent) Chapter 8 Extra-Biblical Asherah (Goddess - Serpent) Chapter 9 Biblical Asherah (Goddess - Serpent) Chapter 10 MLK and Human Sacrifice Chapter 11 Human Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible Chapter 12 Shaï, (Good Snake/ Good Spirit) and Agathos Daimôn Chapter 13 The Origin and History of the Caduceus Chapter 14 Politics and Piety Chapter 15 The Garden of Eden Revisited Chapter 16 Summary and Conclusions Chapter 17 Abbreviations Chapter 18 Bibliography Chapter 19 Indices

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