When God was a Woman

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 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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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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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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Eight They Offered Incense to the Queen of Heaven163
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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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Merlin Stone (September 27, 1931 - February 23, 2011) was an American author, sculptor, and professor of art and art history.

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