When God was a Woman

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, Jan 1, 1990 - Goddess religion - 265 pages
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Here, archaeologically 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 worshipped for fertility, she was revered as the wise creator and the one souce of universal order. Under her, women's roles differed markedly from those in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures. Women bought and sold property and traded in the marketplace, and the inheritance of title and 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 conspiracey: the patriarchal reimaging of the Goddess as a wanton, depraved figure. This 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

Contents

One Tales with a Point of View1
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Three WomenWhere Woman Was Deified30
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Four The Northern Invaders62
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Locations of Areas Discussed in Chapter Four
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Some of the Major Waterways from Estonia to
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Five One of Their Own Race103
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Six If the King Did Not Weep129
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Seven The Sacred Sexual Customs153
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Nine And the Men of the City Shall Stone Her with Stones180
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Ten Unraveling the Myth of Adam and Eve198
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Eleven The Daughters of Eve224
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Date Charts242
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Index259
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