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The Hebrew Goddess

Raphael Patai
Foreword by William G. Dever

Ancient History, Anthropology, Bestsellers, Gender, Jewish Thought, Religion, Women's Studies

Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology

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Paperback
Published: September 1990
ISBN: 9780814322710
Pages: 408 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 36 black and white photographs
eBOOK
Published: September 1990
ISBN: 9780814338216
Review

This brilliant essay on goddess worship in Judaism written by an anthropologist represents a major contribution to comparative religion.

— James Preston

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 third edition contains new chapters of the Shekhina.

Raphael Patai (1911-1996) was a prominent cultural anthropologist, historian, and biblical scholar of international reputation. He was the author of more than three dozen books on Jewish and Arab culture, history, politics, psychology, and folklore.

Carefully researched, well-written, and well-illustrated, this book is an interesting and invaluable contribution to Jewish Studies.

– Library Journal

This brilliant essay on goddess worship in Judaism written by an anthropologist represents a major contribution to comparative religion.

– James Preston, Encyclopedia of Religion