REVIEW: The Mythology of Eden
The Mythology of Eden by Arthur George and Elena George, Hamilton Books 2014, trade paperback, 458 pages. Also available as an e-book.
The book places the development of religion, religious beliefs, and practices in the context of the sociopolitical development of the ANE, including Egypt, Canaan, Palestine, and other cultures, and gives a clear history of Judah, whose religion centered around Yahweh, and the Israelites, whose religion was more eclectic and, according to the Georges and others, polytheistic. The authors also see the Israelites and the Canaanites as geographically and culturally identical.
Later chapters look into the creation stories in more detail, sacred trees, Adam, Eve (including as Goddess), “The Serpent Whose Power Yahweh Usurped,” and the relevance of the book’s findings to people today.
The back matter of the book, comprising more than 100 pages, includes as separate sections: Abbreviations Used in Citations, Notes, Cited Works and Bibliography, General Index, Index of Authors, Index of Biblical Citations, Index of Citations to Apocrypha and Qumran Material, Index of Classical Sources.