Beyond the Promised Land: The Movement and the Myth
Between the Lines, 2010 M12 8 - 224 páginas
Iconoclast David F. Noble traces the evolution and eclipse of the biblical mythology of the Promised Land, the foundational story of Western Culture. Part impassioned manifesto, part masterful survey of opposed philosophical and economic schools, Beyond the Promised Land brings into focus the twisted template of the Western imagination and its faith-based market economy.
From the first recorded versions of ‘the promise’ saga in ancient Babylon, to the Zapatistas’ rejection of promises never kept, Noble explores the connections between Judeo-Christian belief and corporate globalization. Inspiration for activists and students alike.
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Whilethere isno solidhistorical evidence that these events actually happened or,
indeed, that Gilgamesh everlived, the Babylonian poem clearly drawsupon
earlier Sumerian poems and other stillextant artifacts testifying thatGilgamesh
There Enkidu encounters Gilgamesh ina contest of strength. Having surrendered
hisanimal powersin his seduction by Shamhat, Enkiduloses the fight and submits
to the king's supremacy. The two former rivals become like brothers. Together ...
Impatient with Shiduri's wise counsel, Gilgamesh demands to be shown the way
to Utanapishti's ferry,andShiduri obliges. But,alas, in the later version of theEpic,
upon his encounter withmankind's immortal ancestor he only hears the very ...
Promise. NTHE SIXTH CENTURY BC, a thousand yearsafter the sackingofthe
Babylonian kingdom thathad produced the Epic of Gilgamesh, anew Babylonian
kingdomarose in that same fertile land. This new kingdom, itappears,
Thus, whereas inthe Mesopotamian mythology, epitomized inthe Epicof
Gilgamesh, hope lies inthe acceptanceofdeath and mortallimits, in theHebrew
myth deathis rejected andhope lies in redemption, inthe restoration of perfection.