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Middle Eastern mythology

Author: S H Hooke
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The role of mythology in ritual and its place in the origins of customs, cults, and hero worship are the fascinating subjects of this comparative survey. Based on firsthand sources, it recounts legends of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, and Canaanites, in addition to discussing the mythological elements of Jewish apocalyptic literature and the New Testament. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S H Hooke
ISBN: 0486435512 9780486435510
OCLC Number: 54542890
Notes: Originally published: New York : Penguin Books, 1963, in series: Pelican books.
Description: 198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction. Types of myth ; The diffusion and disintegration of myths --
1. Mesopotamian myths. Sumerian myths ; Babylonian myths --
2. Egyptian mythology. The Osirian myths ; The myths of Re, the sun-god ; Nilotic myths --
3. Ugaritic mythology. The myths of Baal ; The legend of Keret ; The legend of Aqhat ; The births of dawn and dusk (Shahar and Shalim) ; The myth of Nikkal and the Kathirat --
4. Hittite mythology. The myth of Ullikummis ; The myth of Illuyankas ; The myth of Telepinus --
5. Hebrew mythology. Creation myths ; The myth of Cain and Abel ; The myth of the flood ; The myth of the Tower of Babel ; The myth of the destruction of the cities of the plain ; The cult myths ; The Joshua myth ; The myth of the ark ; The Elijah and Elisha myths --
6. Mythological elements of the Jewish apocalyptic. The Book of Daniel ; Other apocalyptic uses of myth --
7. Mythological elements in the New Testament. The birth narratives ; The resurrection narratives --
8. Christian myth and ritual.
Responsibility: S.H. Hooke.
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"The role of mythology in ritual and its place in the origins of customs, cults, and hero worship are the fascinating subjects of this comparative survey. Based on firsthand sources, it recounts legends of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, and Canaanites, in addition to discussing the mythological elements of Jewish apocalyptic literature and the New Testament. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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