In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth

Frymer-Kensky, Tikva

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Hardcover first printing, inscribed "January 1993, For Sissy Weisberg with best wishes" and signed by the author, "Exploring the rich and powerful symbols of religion and culture that have shaped Western thought, In the Wake of the Goddesses traces the development of conceptions of nature, gender, and sexuality from the goddesses of ancient Mesopotamian civilizations to the one God of biblical monotheism," book is flawless, dustjacket shows moderate rubbing only, no other flaws, the original price is present and a removable professional mylar cover is included; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Exploring the rich and powerful symbols of religion and culture that have shaped Western thought, In the Wake of the Goddesses shows how conceptions of gender and sexualtiy developed and changed from the goddesses of ancient Mesopotamian civilizations to the one God of Biblical monotheism. 8-page insert.

From the Inside Flap: return to spiritual values has spawned a surge of interest in the ancient goddess-based religions as a remedy to a long tradition of misogyny in the Western religions.

But how accurate are these current representations of the goddess in polytheism? And did Judeo-Christian religion really turn its back on women? These are some of the questions that scholar and feminist Tivka Frymer-Kensky sets out to answer in this iconoclastic study of gender in religions past and present. Her argument, illustrated with fascinating accounts of myth and ritual dating back to the early days of Sumer, Assyria, and Greece, is that although polytheism did accord females an important role, the strict division between male and female actually served to keep women in a subordinate position. The goddesses were progressively "ghettoized": their sphere was eventually relegated to home and hearth, while male gods took over as patrons of wisdom and learning. This dualism was displaced by the Bible, which emb

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Title: In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture...
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: 1992
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