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

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781845530426
  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • 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. 1 The problem of the 'God of the fathers' 1
Ch. 2 The development of the tradition in Exodus 3 6
Ch. 3 The significance of the burning bush 13
Ch. 4 Who killed the dragon? 18
Ch. 5 Sea and desert : symbolic geography in West Semitic religious thought 38
Ch. 6 Symbols of exile 55
Ch. 7 Of calves and kings : the Canaanite dimension in the religion of Israel 72
Ch. 8 The darkness of Genesis 1.2 92
Ch. 9 The significance of Spn in West Semitic thought : a contribution to the history of a mythological motif 102
Ch. 10 The vocabulary and neurology of orientation : the Ugaritic and Hebrew evidence 125
Ch. 11 The mythic mind 151
Ch. 12 'Water, water everywhere ...' : musings on the aqueous myths of the Near East 189
Ch. 13 Androgyny in the Levantine world 238
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