When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David

When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David

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… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 01, 2005)

Collection: Gender, Theory, and Religion

Parent ISBN: 9780231132602

Language: English


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