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Biblical and Classical Myths


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Preface to the Combined Edition by Alvin A. Lee Symbolism in the Bible Foreword by Robert D. Denham * An Approach to the Bible and Translations of the Bible* The Shape of the Bible* Images of Paradise: Trees and Water* Parody and Manifest Demonic: Trees and Water* Sexual Imagery: The Bride and the Bridegroom; The Great Whore and the Forgiven Harlot* Pastoral and Agricultural Imagery* The World of Angels; Leviathan, Dragons, and the Antichrist* Demonic Parodies and the Hero from across the Sea* The Double Mirror: Exodus and Gospel* The Metaphor of Kingship* King, Priest, and Prophet* The Question of Primogeniture* Genesis: In the Beginning* Genesis: Creating the Sexes; Exodus: A Revolutionary Heritage* Law: Ordering a Society* Law and Revolution; Wisdom: The Proverb* Wisdom: Playing before God; Ecclesiastes: Vanity of Vanities* Job: A Test* Job and the Question of Tragedy* Job and Restored Humanity * The Language of Proclamation: Style and Rhythm in the Bible; The Gospel: Rewriting the Commandments* Revelation: Removing the Veil* Revelation: After the Ego Disappears* The Language of Love * Maps* The Bible and Further Readings* Note on the Illustrations* Notes Four Ages: The Classical Myths Foreword Introduction *1. In The Beginning* The Creation / The Golden Age / War in Heaven / The Reign of Zeus / Prometheus / Pandora's Box / Deucalion's Flood / Phaethon*II. Spring and Winter* Demeter and Persephone / Adonis / Hyacinthus / Narcissus / Orpheus*III. Loves of the Gods and Metamorphoses* Loves of Zeus: Callisto, Io / Pan and Syrinx / Apollo and Daphne / Clytie / Endymion / Arachne / Procne and Philomela / Midas' Touch / Ceyx and Alcyone / Nisus and Scylla / Philemon and Baucis*IV. The Heroes* Perseus / The Labours of Heracles / Jason and the Golden Fleece / Bellerophon and Pegasus / Theseus*V. The Royal House of Thebes* The Children of Agenor / Zeus and Semele / Ino and Athamas / Pentheus / Actaeon / Oedipus*VI. The Tale of Troy* The Apple of Discord / The War / The Fall of the City / The Returns / The Return of Menelaus / The Return of Agamemnon / The Return of Aeneas / The Return of Odysseus*VII. Cupid and Psyche*VIII. Conclusion: The Passing and Afterlife of the Gods* Family Trees* Mythology-History Chart* Sources of Quotations* Maps* Suggestions for Further Reading* Note on the Illustrations* Note on Classical Names* Notes Pronouncing and Descriptive Index of Classical Names Index of Biblical Subjects and Names

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The late Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto. Jay Macpherson is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

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