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Black God : the Afroasiatic roots of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions

Author: Julian Baldick
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In his latest provocative book, Julian Baldick argues that just as there is a common Afroasiatic language family, so too there is a common Afroasiatic family of religions. There is an inner logic to be found in myths, folk-tales, rituals, customs and beliefs as far apart as Yemen and Nigeria, which go back to an ancient past shared by the Bible and the pharaohs. Using the methods of comparative mythology, the author  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Baldick
ISBN: 1860641237 9781860641237
OCLC Number: 36464326
Description: viii, 197 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Semitic Religion. The Ancient South Arabian Background. Ancient South Arabian Religion. Modern South Arabian Folktales. The Black God. The Young Hero. The Ritual Hunt of the Ibex in Modern Yemen. The Ritual Hunt in Ancient Inscriptions. Marriage Customs in Yemen. The 'Little Pilgrimage' to Mecca. The Greater Pilgrimage to Mecca. The Passover. The Feast of Tabernacles. The Sex of the Deities. Circumcision. Jacob. Ancient Syria. Further Parallels. Middle Eastern Cylinder Seals. The Semitic Contribution. More Yemeni Evidence --
Ch. 2. Egypt. Under the Dynasties of the Pharaohs. Herodotus. At the Temple of Edfu. Plutarch. The Internal Logic of Egyptian Religion. Parallels with Semitic Religion --
Ch. 3. North Africa. The Pre-Historic Rock-Carvings. The Proto-Historic Funerary Cult. Herodotus. Carthaginian Child Sacrifice. Further Ancient Textual Evidence. Inscriptions. The Byzantine Evidence. Medieval Islamic Historians. The Canary Islands. Leo Africanus.
Other Titles: Afroasiatic roots of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions
Responsibility: Julian Baldick.

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Using methods of comparative mythology and the work of scholars, this work builds a picture of the Afroasiatic heritage, and how much of it is still with us in modern Western thought. It is argued  Read more...

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