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Greek Religion and Culture, the Bible and the Ancient Near East (Jan N Bremmer) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2008) 9789004164734
Greek Religion and Culture, the Bible and the Ancient Near East (Jan N Bremmer) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2008) 9789004164734
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Title: Greek Religion and Culture, the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Author: Bremmer, Jan N

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004164734

Volumes: 1; Pages: xviii, 400

List Price in Cloth: $200.00 Our price: $169.99

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In the last decades there has been an increasing interest in the relationship between Greek religion & culture and the Ancient Near East. This challenging book contributes greatly to this interest by studying the Near Eastern background of important Greek myths, such as those of the creation of the world and the first woman, the Flood, the Golden Fleece, the Titans and travelling seers, but also of the births of Attis and Asclepius as well as the origins of the terms paradise and magic. It also shows that, in turn, Greek literature influenced Jewish stories of divine epiphanies and that the Greek scapegoat myths and rituals contributed to the central Christian notion of atonement.ContentsCh. 1 Canonical and Alternative Creation Myths 1Ch. 2 Pandora or the Creation of a Greek Eve 19Ch. 3 The Birth of Paradise 35Ch. 4 The First Clime: Brothers and Fratricide in the Ancient Mediterranean 57Ch. 5 Greek Fallen Angels: Kronos and the Titans 73Ch. 6 Near Eastern and Native Traditions in Apollodorus' Account of the Flood 101Ch. 7 Don't Look Back: From the Wife of Lot to Orpheus and Eurydice 117Ch. 8 Balaam, Mopsus and Melampous: Tales of Travelling Seers 133Ch. 9 Hebrew Lishkah and Greek Lesche 153Ch. 10 The Scapegoat between Northern Syria, Hittites, Israelites, Greeks and Early Christians 169Ch. 11 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Heliodorus in the Temple and Paul on the Road to Damascus 215Ch. 12 Persian Magoi and the Birth of the Term 'Magic' 235Ch. 13 Anaphe, Apollo Aigletes and the Origin of Asclepius 249Ch. 14 Attis: A Greek God in Anatolian Pessinous and Catullan Rome 267Ch. 15 The Myth of the Golden Fleece 303Appendix I Genesis 1.1: A Jewish Response to a Persian Challenge? 339Appendix II Magic and Religion? 347Appendix III The Spelling and Meaning of the Name Megabyxos 353Bibliography 357Index of Names, Subjects and Passages 401
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