The Hebrew Myths

The Hebrew Myths

The Book of Genesis

By Robert Graves; Raphael Patai

Carcanet Press, Hardcover, 9781857546613, 440pp.

Publication Date: August 2005


This exhaustive exploration of the Hebrew myths and the book of Genesis resulted from a remarkable collaboration between one scholar raised as a strict Protestant and one raised as a strict Jew. It goes beyond Christian biblical and Judaic myth and incorporates midrashes, folk tales, apocryphal texts, and other obscure sources to extend and complete the stories. An intriguing view of the suppressed and censored pre-biblical accounts is the result, along with a rich sense of a culture consisting of oral and literary traditions, where the spiritual is deeply rooted in landscape and history.

About the Author
Robert Graves (1895-1985), born in London, was one of the most talented, colorful, and prolific men of letters in the twentieth century. He is best known for his historical novels, " I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God". He spent much of his life on the island of Majorca.

Raphael Patai was the author of more than thirty books on Jewish history, folklore, biblical studies, and Middle Eastern culture. Among his best-known books are "The Jewish Alchemists "(Princeton), " The Jewish Mind", "The Hebrew Goddess", and "Hebrew Myths" (with Robert Graves).