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Author Ackerman, Susan,
Title When heroes love : the ambiguity of eros in the stories of Gilgamesh and David / Susan Ackerman.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2005]
©2005

Author Ackerman, Susan,
Series Gender, theory, and religion
Gender, theory, and religion.
Subject David, King of Israel.
Jonathan (Biblical figure)
Gilgamesh.
Bible. Samuel -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Homosexuality in literature.
Homosexuality in the Bible.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 353 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-326) and indexes.
Contents Of greeting cards and methods : understanding ancient Near Eastern sex -- Introducing Gilgamesh -- Gilgamesh and Enkidu -- The liminal hero, part 1 -- The liminal hero, part 2 -- Introducing David -- David and Jonathan -- Liminality and beyond -- Epilogue
Summary Toward the end of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh King Gilgamesh laments the untimely death of his comrade Enkidu, "my friend whom I loved dearly." Similarly in the Bible, David mourns his companion, Jonathan, whose "love to me was wonderful, greater than the love of women." These passages, along with other ambiguous erotic and sexual language found in the Gilgamesh epic and the biblical David story, have become the object of numerous and competing scholarly inquiries into the sexual nature of the heroes' relationships. Susan Ackerman's innovative work carefully examines the stories' sexual and homoerotic language and suggests that its ambiguity provides new ways of understanding ideas of gender and sexuality in the ancient Near East and its literature.
Note In English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780231507257 (electronic book)
0231507259 (electronic book)
0231132603 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
9780231132602 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0231132611 (paperback)
9780231132619 (paperback)
ISBN/ISSN 10.7312/acke13260
Publisher # EB00662313 Recorded Books
OCLC # 213304831
Additional Format Print version: Ackerman, Susan. When heroes love. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005 9780231132602 (DLC) 2004065670 (OCoLC)57342000


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