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Description - Gods in the Desert by Glenn S. Holland

Gods in the Desert explores the fascinating religious cultures of the ancient Near East. From the mysterious pyramids, tombs, and temples of Egypt to the powerful heroes, gods, and legends of Mesopotamia, Glenn Holland guides readers through the early religions that are the root of many of today's major faiths. Holland compares the religions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Syria-Palestine, including Israel and Judah, from the Neolithic era through the conquest of Alexander the Great. He provides a historical survey of each region, then discusses the gods, the rulers, the afterlife, and the worship rituals. This accessible overview makes clear how these religions converged and diverged, and are intimately connected to many of the religions we recognize today, sometimes in surprising ways.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780742562271
ISBN-10: 0742562271
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 154mm x 21mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Glenn S. Holland

Glenn S. Holland is professor of religious studies at Allegheny College. He is also the creator of the Teaching Company's popular lecture series "Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World."

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