By David Leeming
Esteemed student David Leeming, who has authored greater than twelve books on mythology, the following bargains the 1st complete narrative research of the mythology of the center East, that tumultuous zone that was once the cradle of civilization. Leeming starts with a quick, enticing background of the center East, spanning Neolithic cultures, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, the discovery of writing and the increase of Egypt and Babylonia, Israel and Roman rule, and the early historical past of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. this can be by means of an in-depth dialogue of the mythology of the zone, masking person pantheons, cosmic myths, mythic heroes, and lots more and plenty extra. Leeming levels from prehistoric figures comparable to the mum Goddess of ?atal H?y?k to Mesopotamian gods similar to Marduk and mythic heroes equivalent to Gilgamesh, to the pantheon of Egyptian mythology, together with the falcon-headed sky-sun god Horus and jackal-headed Anubis. the writer additionally bargains an illuminating exploration of the mythology of the 3 nice monotheistic religions of the quarter: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In a provocative Epilogue, Leeming depicts modern challenge within the heart East as "violent, essentially immoral, and unlawful activities" justified by way of "what can simply be known as myths." He notes that fundamentalists within the area's 3 religions all see their manner because the basically means, forgetting that myths symbolize truths which are religious and philosophical--not ancient occasions that may be used to justify acts of violence. With key maps, illustrations, bibliography, and index, Jealous Gods and selected humans offers an inclusive, authoritative, and eye-catching account of a mythology that is still a potent--and usually destructive--force on the earth this present day.