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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 30 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195093062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195093063
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 553 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a companion work to their previous volume Goddess (LJ 10/15/94), the authors present the concept of the god through the ages. Illustrated by myths of many different times and lands, the continuous mystery of life seems always transformed into human forms. Whether shaman, trickster, creator, or consort of the goddess, the male principle pervades all religions. This book provides a popularized version derived from much previous scholarship but is also a fresh and readable account. The illustrations and bibliography are excellent. For public libraries.?Jeanne S. Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"For an overview of the major themes in a male God's life there is nothing comparable. Even the classic works of Joseph Campbell lack the clarity and organization of these works to bring out the salient features of the deity's life."--The Reader's Review

"In a companion work to their previous volume Goddess, the authors present the concept of god through the ages. Illustrated by myths of many different times and lands, the continuous mystery of life seems always transformed into human forms. Whether shaman, trickster, creator, or consort of the goddess, the male principle pervades all religions.... A fresh and readable account."--Library Journal

"Building upon the market impact created by their Goddesses: Myths of the Female Divine, Leeming and Page continue their exploration of evolving divine archetypes from prehistory to the present by focusing with an equal effectiveness on masculine metaphors."--Publishers Weekly

"The kind of insight these two old Princeton boys derived from their magnificent book Goddess has been profitably used to look at God: Myths of the Male Divine. The result is more entertaining, a lot more profitable than screeds on the masculine mystique. Men want to be gods as much as women want to be goddesses. Here's how."--Paul Bohannan, author of We, the Alien: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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I first found this book while searching for literature that dealt with Neo Paganism and the male divine, an area much too often overlooked by the more feminist camp of this faith. The book itself is not written with a Neopagan slant, and I sincerely doubt that the authors are Pagans in any way, but this book, and its companion, are essential reading for Neopagans. From its opening line-God was born sometime in the Paleolithic age-the reader knows that the authors mean to approach their subject through academic methods, but they are respectful, thoughtful and deeply spiritual, even as they maintain their scholarly distance. The book ends with the Big Bang, and if you cannot imagine why the Big Bang would be related to God, you absolutely need to read this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to read, each theoretical explanation was followed by one or more short retellings of the corresponding myths, making the book flow wonderfully and providing all the evidence needed to support the author's arguments without getting overly technical. At the same time, the brief refreshers in mythology allow the reader to consider this biography of the God concept with a critical and informed mind. Overall, it is a beautiful book for people of all faiths, even science, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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I was both impressed and disappointed with this book. It was nice to see a book covering Gods instead of Goddesses for a change. It covered a wide variety of Gods From Indian to Kabbala. However, I was disappointed in what seems to be several inaccuracies in this book. In a day where it is hard to find a book on Gods this book is a go. For anyone wanting more in depth study, keep looking. This is a good beginner book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Half scholarly dissertation, half Bullfinch's Mythology June 18 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first found this book while searching for literature that dealt with Neo Paganism and the male divine, an area much too often overlooked by the more feminist camp of this faith. The book itself is not written with a Neopagan slant, and I sincerely doubt that the authors are Pagans in any way, but this book, and its companion, are essential reading for Neopagans. From its opening line-God was born sometime in the Paleolithic age-the reader knows that the authors mean to approach their subject through academic methods, but they are respectful, thoughtful and deeply spiritual, even as they maintain their scholarly distance. The book ends with the Big Bang, and if you cannot imagine why the Big Bang would be related to God, you absolutely need to read this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to read, each theoretical explanation was followed by one or more short retellings of the corresponding myths, making the book flow wonderfully and providing all the evidence needed to support the author's arguments without getting overly technical. At the same time, the brief refreshers in mythology allow the reader to consider this biography of the God concept with a critical and informed mind. Overall, it is a beautiful book for people of all faiths, even science, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally a book on Gods July 26 2001
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was both impressed and disappointed with this book. It was nice to see a book covering Gods instead of Goddesses for a change. It covered a wide variety of Gods From Indian to Kabbala. However, I was disappointed in what seems to be several inaccuracies in this book. In a day where it is hard to find a book on Gods this book is a go. For anyone wanting more in depth study, keep looking. This is a good beginner book.


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