A Gentle Warning Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein One thing you want to be continually aware of in your reading in this class is the different ways the Divine Force is represented.  So far we have seen the Great Goddess, both as part of a pantheon and as the greatest of that pantheon in Inanna and Ishtar; you’ve read about the arbitrariness of the gods as perceived by the writer in the Epic of Gilgamesh; you’ve seen the approach taken by Akhenaten in the “Hymn to the Aten.” In the traditional Hebrew stories with which most of us in our culture are familiar, God is presented as a Father figure. As we move through the Greeks, Roman, Hebrews, and other cultural groups, remember to keep the distinctions clear with respect to their differing perceptions of the Divine, and do not assume the perceptions of a divinity by an ancient culture was in any way similar to your own. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily