Sea and the combat myth : North west semitic political mythology in the Hebrew Bible

Level B QI221.6 /538540 Available
Full title: Sea and the combat myth : North west semitic political mythology in the Hebrew Bible / Joanna Töyräänvuori
Main author: Töyräänvuori, Joanna, (Author)
Format: Book           


Physical Description: 622 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary: Publisher's description: Sea and the Combat Myth examines the political use of the ancient North West Semitic myth of divine combat between the Storm-God and the Sea. The myth originated with the rise of the Sargonic Empire and was disseminated across ancient Near Eastern polities during the Amorite Kingdom period. Vestiges of the myth have also been retained in the Hebrew Bible: a myth of symbolic combat between the Storm-God and the Sea was likely used as a foundational myth by the mostly polytheistic Pre-Exilic kingship in Palestine. The study demonstrates how the myth was used in ancient North West Semitic societies to resolve the crisis of monarchy through appeal to numinous legitimacy, and how reading a selection of Biblical texts in the framework of the tradition confirms the use of the myth in the same context in the emergent Palestinian kingdoms of the Iron Age.