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Riddle of Resurrection
"Dying and Rising Gods" in the Ancient Near East

By Tryggve N.D. Mettinger
December 2001
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-01945-6
275 pages, illustrated
$60.00 paper original


This book presents a reconsideration of a classical problem in the religions of the biblical world. Ever since the publication of The Golden Bough by J.G. Frazer, "dying and rising gods" has been a disputed issue. According to the consensus opinion, these gods die but do not rise to new life. The author challenges the majority with his presentation and perusal of all the important sources, including new, significant evidence.

Religion; Classical Studies
Coniectanea Biblica, Old Testament Series No. 50