The Mythic Mind: Essays on Cosmology and Religion in Ugaritic and Old Testament Literature

The Mythic Mind: Essays on Cosmology and Religion in Ugaritic and Old Testament Literature

by Nicolas Wyatt
     
 

The Mythic Mind follows the tradition of works which insist on the necessity for a comparative dimension in the study of ancient Israel. The Israelite world-view was essentially a West Semitic world-view in origin, with additional deeply embedded influences from Egypt and Mesopotamia, though it produced its own distinctive character by way of synthesis and reaction

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The Mythic Mind follows the tradition of works which insist on the necessity for a comparative dimension in the study of ancient Israel. The Israelite world-view was essentially a West Semitic world-view in origin, with additional deeply embedded influences from Egypt and Mesopotamia, though it produced its own distinctive character by way of synthesis and reaction. The essays in this volume explore various aspects of this process, historically and cosmologically, commonly challenging received views developed in the treatment of Israel in isolation. The importance of the Ugaritic texts in particular, as reflecting the cultural context in which ancient Israel developed into two symbiotic kingdoms, heirs to a common Canaanite tradition, emerges clearly from such studies as chapter 5: Sea and Desert, chapter 7: Of Calves and Kings, chapter 9: The Significance of Spn and chapter 10: The Vocabulary and Neurology of Orientation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845530426
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Series:
BibleWorld Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The problem of the 'God of the fathers'1
Ch. 2The development of the tradition in Exodus 36
Ch. 3The significance of the burning bush13
Ch. 4Who killed the dragon?18
Ch. 5Sea and desert : symbolic geography in West Semitic religious thought38
Ch. 6Symbols of exile55
Ch. 7Of calves and kings : the Canaanite dimension in the religion of Israel72
Ch. 8The darkness of Genesis 1.292
Ch. 9The significance of Spn in West Semitic thought : a contribution to the history of a mythological motif102
Ch. 10The vocabulary and neurology of orientation : the Ugaritic and Hebrew evidence125
Ch. 11The mythic mind151
Ch. 12'Water, water everywhere ...' : musings on the aqueous myths of the Near East189
Ch. 13Androgyny in the Levantine world238

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