Evolution of the mythology of twins in Ancient Near Eastern tradition

Луцюк, Микола Володимирович (2015) Evolution of the mythology of twins in Ancient Near Eastern tradition Синопсис: текст, контекст, медіа (3(11)). ISSN 2311-259X

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Abstract

The present article is dedicated to the development and transformation of the mythology of twins in Ancient Near Eastern environment on the example of the ancient mythology of Mediterranean cultures (Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine). The story of twin brothers (life-long antipodes) is an essential component of Ancient Near East’s literary tradition, and is an archetypal myth, as well as cosmogenic and heterogenic ones. The article analyzes archaic Jewish mythology of twins, represented by the texts of Torah (the Pentateuch), retraces the evolution of the metaphor of twins in Old Testament’s tales of Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, and Joseph the Patriarch. The adoption of the myths of twins by the tradition of the Abraham’s doctrine is observed, since these particular themes are crucial for the reconstruction of the moral criteria in the time when mythical consciousness is being replaced by religious or philosophical one.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ancient East; mythology of twins; TaNaK; Torah; Cain and Abel; Esau and Jacob; Joseph the Patriarch;
Subjects: Articles in journals > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Institutes > Humanitarian Institute > Кафедра сходознавства
Depositing User: Mykola Lutsiuk
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 08:16
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 13:28
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/10981

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