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Author Zakovitch, Yair.

Title From Gods to God : how the Bible debunked, suppressed, or changed ancient myths & legends / Avigdor Shinan & Yair Zakovitch ; translated by Valerie Zakovitch.

Publication Info. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2012]


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 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  221.66 ZAK    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Roscoe Adult Non-Fiction - NSRY-11  221.66 ZAK    AVAILABLE
Description xi, 301 pages ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Published by the University of Nebraska Press as a Jewish Publication Society book"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents When God fought the sea dragons -- The world of myth. Eden's winged serpent ; When gods seduced women ; Moses or God? Who split the Sea of Reeds? ; What is manna? ; The hero who stopped the sun -- Cult and sacred geography. The wandering Gate of Heaven ; Seeing and weeping: managing the story of a divine defeat ; Where were Rachel and Jacob buried? ; Where in the wilderness did Israel receive the Torah? ; Some more reasons for eating matzah ; Was worshiping the Golden Calf a sin? ; Where was the law given? In the wilderness or in the land of Israel? ; When and how was the city of Dan sanctified? -- Biblical heroes and their biographies. What did Ham do to his father? ; Out of the fire: recovering the story of Abraham's origins ; The reinterpretation of a name: Jacob's in utero activities ; Were the Israelites never in Egypt? A peculiar tradition about Ephraim ; Moses's most miraculous birth ; Moses's African romance ; Moses's necessary death ; Son of God? The suspicious story of Samson's birth ; A Cinderella tale: clues to David's lost birth story ; Finding the real killer of Goliath ; How a savior became a villain: Jeroboam and the Exodus -- Relations between men and women. Sister or not: Sarah's adventures with Pharoah ; The story of Rebekah and the servant on the road from Haran ; Reuben, Bilhah, and a silent Jacob ; Seduction before murder: the case of Jael ; No innocent death: David, Abigail, and Nabal ; Not just riddles: Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Summary The ancient Israelites believed things that the writers of the Bible wanted them to forget: myths and legends from a pre-biblical world that the new monotheist order needed to bury, hide, or reinterpret. Ancient Israel was rich in such literary traditions before the Bible reached the final form that we have today. These traditions were not lost but continued, passed down through the ages. Many managed to reach us in post-biblical sources: rabbinic literature, Jewish Hellenistic writings, the writings of the Dead Sea sect, the Aramaic, Greek, Latin, and other ancient translations of the Bible, and even outside the ancient Jewish world in Christian and Islamic texts. The Bible itself sometimes alludes to these traditions, often in surprising contexts. This volume presents thirty such traditions. It voyages behind the veil of the written Bible to reconstruct what was told and retold among the ancient Israelites, even if it is "not what the Bible tells us."
Subject Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, Redaction.
Added Author Shin'an, Avigdor.
Zakovitch, Valerie.
Jewish Publication Society.
Added Title Lo kakh katuv ba-Tanakh. English
ISBN 9780827609082 paperback alkaline paper
0827609086 paperback alkaline paper

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