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The Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis [Hardcover]

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Pages   600
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.59" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Carcanet Press Ltd.
ISBN  185754661X  
EAN  9781857546613  

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This exhaustive exploration of the Hebrew myths and the book of Genesis resulted from a remarkable collaboration between one scholar raised as a strict Protestant and one raised as a strict Jew. It goes beyond Christian biblical and Judaic myth and incorporates midrashes, folk tales, apocryphal texts, and other obscure sources to extend and complete the stories. An intriguing view of the suppressed and censored pre-biblical accounts is the result, along with a rich sense of a culture consisting of oral and literary traditions, where the spiritual is deeply rooted in landscape and history.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Graves was the author of I, Claudius, The White Goddess, and Greek Myths. He was a poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic. Raphael Patai was an anthropologist, Jewish folklorist, and biblical scholar. He was the author of Man and the Temple and Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times.

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A terrific little book about the origins of the Bible  Jul 27, 2008
It's a short, scholarly, yet engaging and easy to read collections of legends regarding the origins of various Biblical stories in Genesis. It's not for the fundamentalist of heart. Graves and Patai provide evidence of similar older stories from the neighboring countries and tribes. I also read, and loved, Patai's Hebrew Goddess. Again, he approaches his subject matter from a pragmatic and historical angle, not a fundamentalist one. I am presently reading Patai's Children of Noah: Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times. By the way Patai is Jewish, but Graves is Catholic.
Rare resources on mythology  Sep 17, 2007
Hard to find resource on Hebrew/Jewish mythology connecting to Classic Greek mythology and history. Very readable.
Graves on Genesis  Jun 21, 2006
Basically, Robert Graves does for the 61 stories he finds in the Book of Genesis what he did for The Greek Myths. This time he employs the aid of an eminent Jewish anthropologist and Biblical scholar, Raphael Patai (not Pata). It appears that this is a little difficult to find right now in 2006, but the search is worth the effort.
Genesis' pre-biblical origins   Nov 19, 2005
The authors do not reverently approach Genesis as a God-inspired Holy Text. From a "Secular Humanist" or Anthropological point of view, they attempt to identify Genesis' _pre-biblical_ origins in motifs identified with earlier myths of the Sumerians and Mesopotamians. This line of reasoning understands that the Hebrews at some later point in time transformed and reinterpreted earlier Mesopotamian concepts about Man's origins and his relationship with God from myths and literature (one case being the Epic of Gilgamesh). In addition to this investigation of pre-biblical myths (or pre-biblical literature), the authors also investigate later Jewish and Christian traditions, folklore, commentary on Genesis' themes.
Where did the Bible come from?  Nov 9, 2000
The religiously correct belief is that Genesis was inspired by, even dictated by, the supreme being. But if you're interested in the Bible as part of our cultural heritage, you end up asking some very secular questions. These stories must have had some kind of existence before they were incorporated into the Judeo-Christian canon. Where did they come from?

Barring some extreme archeological breakthrough, the original sources for the Genesis myths are lost forever. But the authors make quite a serious attempt to reconstruct them from surviving literature, especially the Talmud. Robert Graves was particularly well qualified to attempt this, given his unorthodox take on mythology and his poetic approach to literary interpolation. By the same token, anything Graves did in this area is bound to be controversial -- is it literature, or scholarship?

In fact, it's both, and neither. Ultimately, it's another Gravesian attempt to give us a glimpse into a part of our history that's obscured by the very religious and literary monuments we most revere. Possibly not historically accurate, this is material that needs to be read, least we lose all sense of where we came from.


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