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The City Of The Moon God

Author : Tamara M. Green
ISBN : 9004095136
Genre : History
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The City of the Moon God treats the religious and intellectual history of the city of Harran (Eastern Turkey) from Biblical times down to the establishment of Islam. The author starts from the well-known reference in the Quran and the early Islamic histories to the people of Harran as Sabians, one of the 'peoples of the book'. But what was the Sabian 'book'? Why was their belief seen by the early Muslims as being so akin to Christianity and Judaism? More importantly, what does information about the religion of Harran reveal to us about the intellectual origins of Islam, and does this support later attempts to see in early Islam a pure, monolithic belief? The author unravels strands of religious tradition in Harran that run from the old Semitic planetary cults through Hellenistic hermeticism, gnosticism and Neo-Pythagoreanism and Christian cults to esoteric Islamic sects such as the Sufis and Shia, showing the city to be a collection point for Near Eastern and Hellenistic ideas and as such a microcosm of the later world of Islam. She also points to the process by which a multiconfessional world was gradually given Muslim garb and integrated into an Islamic community.
Category: History


Author : Harriet Crawford
ISBN : 9781472522191
Genre : Religion
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The ancient Mesoptamian city of Ur was a Sumerian city state which flourished as a centre of trade and civilisation between 2800–2000 BCE. However, in the recent past it suffered from the disastrous Gulf war and from neglect. It still remains a potent symbol for people of all faiths and will have an important role to play in the future. This account of Ur's past looks at both the ancient city and its evolution over centuries, and its archaeological interpretation in more recent times. From the 19th century explorers and their identification of the site of Mukayyar as the Biblical city of Ur, the study proceeds to look in detail at the archaeologist Leonard Woolley and his key discoveries during the 1920s and 30s. Using the findings as a framework and utilising the latest evidence from environmental, historical and archaeological studies, the volume explores the site's past in chronological order from the Ubaid period in the 5th millennium to the death of Alexander. It looks in detail at the architectural remains: the sacred buildings, royal graves and also the private housing which provides a unique record of life 4000 years ago. The volume also describes the part played by Ur in the Gulf war and discusses the problems raised for archaeologists in the war's aftermath.
Category: Religion

City Of The Gods

Author : Caroline Arnold
ISBN : 9781623347796
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Explore the ruins of the ancient metropolis and ceremonial complex of Teotihuacan (Mexico) and experience what life was like for the people who lived there.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

American Gods

Author : Neil Gaiman
ISBN : 9780380789030
Genre : Fiction
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Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same...
Category: Fiction

God Sex And Politics

Author : Dawne Moon
ISBN : 0226535126
Genre : Religion
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God, Sex, and Politics examines both sides of the church controversy over homosexuality to consider the ways in which people develop, in everyday thought and interaction, their beliefs about God and justice. Dawne Moon explores how members of Protestant congregations determine what is just and what is not, what is right and what is wrong, what is loving and what is sinful. Through this compelling work we learn that the considerable turmoil surrounding homosexuality in churches has less to do with homosexuality than with the fear of weakening the church's spiritual, communal solidarity. We learn too how the church mirrors the secular world—the fear of division and politics leads members to avoid conflict in the congregations Moon examines. And so, the Protestants who are the subject of her study avoid debating the key issue of whether homosexuality is sinful because of its potentially polarizing effects. The religious culture Moon uncovers is ultimately critical of politics and of the intense moral and social discord that members believe it entails. God, Sex, and Politics will be of enormous value to sociologists of religion and anyone interested in religious controversies over sexuality.
Category: Religion

Did God Have A Wife

Author : William G. Dever
ISBN : 0802828523
Genre : Religion
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This richly illustrated, non-technical reconstruction of "folk religion" in ancient Israel is based largely on recent archaeological evidence, but also incorporates biblical texts where possible.
Category: Religion

The Moon God Kings Of Akkad And Sumer

Author : Keith L. Eldridge
ISBN : 9781481740647
Genre : Fiction
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After An had created the sky, stars moon and Sun and the oceans and filled them with fish and other creatures, and the forests and uplands and mountains and peopled them with every kind of animal, He sat back for a rest and admired His effort. But He decided that perfect as it was it was very boring. The Gods needed someone or something to serve them. So, with river mud He created Man and Woman and all was turned to turmoil as these creatures went their own way, for it seemed that selfishness and violence were bred in the bone! Crime and violence, theft, murder, lies and graft proliferated. But in spite of this it was found that even in a garbage dump a beautiful plant may grow. It is called love. And that is the tenor of this story. An knew perfectly well that He had not created a perfect creature, but he had created a being capable of perfection. And this is the story of mankind. It tells us of such great ones as Inanna and Dumuzi, and as people matured, of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad, on toward an age of maturity and out of the present strife and confusion.
Category: Fiction

The Cult Of The Moon God

Author : Brian Wilson
ISBN : 9781414119977
Genre : Religion
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Islam poses a greater threat to freedom and stability than any force in the world today. The Cult of the Moon God exposes the myths of Islam, and clearly shows how they run counter to the truths of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. Informative personal or group study. Read an excerpt at
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Book Of Jasher

Author : Mordecai Manuel Noah
Genre : Bible
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Category: Bible