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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198267339.001.0001

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God and the Primordial Waters

God and the Primordial Waters

(p.112) 6 God and the Primordial Waters
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking


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The old myths of Near Eastern antiquity were filtered and reformulated by many tradents in the east and west. This chapter explores accounts on divine combat and primordial waters, and the waters of Tehom and the temple. Topics covered include the separation of the waters, suppression of the sea, the cycle of strife and suppression, suppression of the Tehom, and Okeanos and Torah.

Keywords:   divine combat, God, primordial water, rabbinic myth, separation of water, suppression of sea, strife, Tehom and the temple

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