When God was a Woman

Front Cover
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978 - Religion - 265 pages
72 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
34
4 stars
18
3 stars
12
2 stars
4
1 star
4

Interesting research. - Goodreads
Well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
This was a book that I have read and reference often. - Goodreads
this aouthor did her research! - Goodreads

Review: When God Was a Woman

User Review  - Queen Ifama - Goodreads

This was a book that I have read and reference often. It is a great book. Don't be afraid of the title. Read full review

Review: When God Was a Woman

User Review  - Susan Bremer O'Neill - Goodreads

I read this book around the same time I read Gerda Lerner's "Creation of Patriarchy" as they are powerful companions. Read as part of my Vermont College Bachelor's Degree program, I think that all women should read this. 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.

Bibliographic information