Gods in the Desert: Religions of the Ancient Near East

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 16, 2009 - History - 272 pages
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Gods in the Desert explores the fascinating religious cultures of the ancient Near East. From the mysterious pyramids, tombs, and temples of Egypt to the powerful heroes, gods, and legends of Mesopotamia, Glenn Holland guides readers through the early religions that are the root of many of today's major faiths.

Holland compares the religions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Syria-Palestine, including Israel and Judah, from the Neolithic era through the conquest of Alexander the Great. He provides a historical survey of each region, then discusses the gods, the rulers, the afterlife, and the worship rituals. This accessible overview makes clear how these religions converged and diverged, and are intimately connected to many of the religions we recognize today, sometimes in surprising ways.
 

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Contents

Historical Survey
3
The Gods and the World They Made
15
The King and Royal Power
37
The World of the Dead
57
The Human World
77
S E C T I O N T W O MESOPOTAMIA
97
Historical Survey
99
The Gods and the World They Made
111
S E C T I O N T H R E E SYRIAPALESTINE
189
Historical Survey
191
The Gods and the World They Made
199
Kings and Prophets
219
Suffering and Death
239
The Human World
257
Change and Continuity in the Hellenistic Age
277
Bibliography for Further Reading
285

The World of Kings and Heroes
131
The World of the Dead
149
The Human World
167
Glossary
289
Index
297
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Glenn S. Holland is professor of religious studies at Allegheny College. He is also the creator of the Teaching Company's popular lecture series 'Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World.'

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