Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis

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Rosetta Books, 2014 M05 15 - 312 pages
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The I, Claudius author’s “lightning sharp interpretations and insights . . . are here brought to bear with equal effectiveness on the Book of Genesis” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
This is a comprehensive look at the stories that make up the Old Testament and the Jewish religion, including the folk tales, apocryphal texts, midrashes, and other little-known documents that the Old Testament and the Torah do not include. In this exhaustive study, Robert Graves provides a fascinating account of pre-Biblical texts that have been censored, suppressed, and hidden for centuries, and which now emerge to give us a clearer view of Hebrew myth and religion than ever.
 
Venerable classicist and historian Robert Graves recounts the ancient Hebrew stories, both obscure and familiar, with a rich sense of storytelling, culture, and spirituality. This book is sure to be riveting to students of Jewish or Judeo-Christian history, culture, and religion.
 

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All the laconic scholarship and lightning sharp interpretations and insights which have made Graves' studies of the Greek myths one of the most seductive source books of the decade are here brought to ... Read full review

Contents

JACOBS MARRIAGES
BIRTH OF THE TWELVE PATRIARCHS
JACOBS RETURN TO CANAAN
JACOB ATPENIEL 48 RECONCILIATION OF JACOB AND ESAU
THE RAPE OF DINAH
REUBEN AND BILHAH
JUDAH AND TAMAR
THE DEATHS OF ISAAC LEAH AND ESAU

THE FALL OF LUCIFER
THE BIRTH OF ADAM
ADAMS HELPMEETS
THE BIRTH OF NOAH
THE DELUGE
NOAHS DRUNKENNESS
THE TOWER OF BABEL
ABRAHAMS ANCESTRY
ABRAHAMS BIRTH
ABRAHAM AND THE IDOLS
ABRAHAM IN EGYPT
ABRAHAMS RESCUE OF
THE SEVERED CARCASES
ISHMAEL
PARADISE
THE STOLEN BLESSING
ESAUS MARRIAGES
JACOB AT BETHEL

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Robert Graves (1895–1985) was an English novelist, poet, and translator of Classical Greek and Roman literature, and one of the most prominent English writers of the 20th century. He was an extremely prolific writer, who published more than 140 novels and collections of poetry. In addition to novels and poetry, he published groundbreaking analysis of Greek mythology, as well as memoir. Graves is best known for his historical novels, which include I, Claudius, Claudius, the God, The Golden Fleece, King Jesus, and Count Belisarius. Robert Graves served in combat in World War I and was gravely wounded at the Battle of the Somme. Following his recovery, he wrote several works of war poetry as well as a memoir of his time in combat, entitled Goodbye to All That. In 1934, Robert Graves was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his historical novels dealing with the Roman Emperor Claudius.

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