The Hebrew Goddess

The Hebrew Goddess

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The Hebrew Goddess demonstrates that the Jewish religion, far from being pure monotheism, contained from earliest times strong polytheistic elements, chief of which was the cult of the mother goddess. Lucidly written and richly illustrated, this thir...

Title:The Hebrew Goddess
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780814322710
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    The Hebrew Goddess Reviews

  • Erik Graff

    Having read the Myths of Genesis book coauthored with Robert Graves, I was atuned to Patais' name and approach. Finding a copy of his Hebrew Goddess therefore led to its purchase at a local bookstore....

  • Brian Griffith

    Patai presents a vast lore of the Hebrew goddess in all her names and legends - Shekhina, Sophia, the Matronit, the Shabhat Bride. As a classical scholar in Hebrew legends, he shows us a mythology ric...

  • Kenneth

    A close reader of the Old Testament will notice that throughout the Israelites were worshiping goddesses in addition to Yahweh their national God. Known variously as Asherah, Ashtoreth/Astarte, Anath,...

  • Sharon Buchbinder

    An excellent, in-depth examination of the female goddesses influences on the Yahweh worship and the Jewish religion. The author integrates detailed, scholarly material that gives any reader, not just ...

  • Kaylee

    Way more mythology than I was expecting. I have several Greek/Roman mythology and literature classes under my belt, but I was still struggling to keep up. A healthy dose of Chaim Potok novels helped m...

  • Steve Cran

    Many people may not know it but the Jewish religon through out it's history worshipped a Goddess or at least a feminine life force. First it started out with the worshiping of a Canaanite Goddess Ashe...

  • The Overflowing Inkwell

    This was excellent. Having all the research on the different Goddesses of the area put together in one narrative, in reference to the early Hebrews, was honestly a dream come true. No more trawling th...

  • Brett Folkman

    I LOVED this book. Raphael's grasp of ancient languages, cultures, religions, etc., allows him to create a historic narrative that is fascinating and well documented. My favorite chapter - The Goddess...

  • Jena

    Fue Goodreads quien me sugirió esta lectura y me parece, además de bien documentada, muy instructiva. los neófitos como yo en la religión de los hebreos, hemos creído que a pesar del "becerro de ...

  • Kara

    The academic parts were well researched and well presented - very insightful and full of interesting details about the history of several religions, not just the Abrahamic ones, and what the religious...