When God was a Woman

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978 - Religion - 265 pages
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Here, archeologically documented, is the story of the religion of the Goddess. Known by many names--Astarte, Isis, Ishtar, among others--she reigned supreme in the Near and Middle East. Beyond being worshiped for fertility, she was revered as the wise creator and the one source of universal order. Under her, women's roles differed markedly from those in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures. Women bought and sold property was passed from mother to daughter. How did the change come about? By documenting the wholesale rewriting of myth and religious dogmas, Merlin Stone details a most ancient conspiracy: the patriarchal re-imagining of the Goddess as a wanton, depraved figure. This is the portrait that laid the foundation for one of culture's greatest shams--the legend of Adam and fallen Eve.

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User Review  - Shana Watkins - Goodreads

This is perhaps the most important book I've ever read. If you truly want the "scales to fall from your eyes," read this book instead of The Bible. Many women have read and will read this book, but we, as a culture, will make the biggest inroads when as many men will read this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

One of those, believable but still teetering on the edge of skepticism for me books. There may be some evidence, but not enough to support a definite truth as with all religions. It was an enjoyable read and written for any level. A good read after all. Read full review

About the author (1978)

Merlin Stone (September 27, 1931 - February 23, 2011) was an American author, sculptor, and professor of art and art history.

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