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Author Ackerman, Susan, author.

Title When heroes love : the ambiguity of eros in the stories of Gilgamesh and David / Susan Ackerman.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2005]


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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 353 pages).
Series Gender, theory, and religion
Gender, theory, and religion.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-326) and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Contents Abbreviations; Prologue; 1. Of Greeting Cards and Methods: Understanding Ancient Near Eastern Sex; The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh; 2. Introducing Gilgamesh; 3. Gilgamesh and Enkidu; 4. The Liminal Hero, Part 1; 5. The Liminal Hero, Part 2; The Biblical Story of David and Jonathan; 6. Introducing David; 7. David and Jonathan; 8. Liminality and Beyond; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Citation Index.
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.
Subject David, King of Israel.
Jonathan (Biblical figure)
Bible. Samuel -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
David, King of Israel. (OCoLC)fst00035586
Jonathan (Biblical figure) (OCoLC)fst01427590
Bible. Samuel. (OCoLC)fst01892946
Gilgamesh. (OCoLC)fst01357053
Homosexuality in literature.
Homosexuality in the Bible.
Homosexuality in literature. (OCoLC)fst00959825
Homosexuality in the Bible. (OCoLC)fst00959833
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Ackerman, Susan. When heroes love. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005 9780231132602 (DLC) 2004065670 (OCoLC)57342000
ISBN 0231507259 (electronic bk.)
9780231507257 (electronic bk.)
Music No. EB00662313 Recorded Books
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