He rightly insists that among ancient Near Eastern cosmogony accounts only Enuma elish features theomachy
and that H.
The laughter of Zeus, relishing his own humor, marks a transition to the Theomachy
or war of the gods.
One of the more puzzling aspects of the Theomachy
, the battle between the gods in Books 20 and 21, is the way that it begins in elemental grandeur but ends in a brawl and an exchange of insults, something that Homer presumably inserted as a respite, a moment of comic relief amid the relentless slaughter, Keystone muddled in with the carnage.
In place of the clockmaker-god of the deists--the only one, by the way, to emerge from the media theomachy
with any degree of credit intact--we now have the editor-god, albeit mostly as a negative presence.
Although the bondage is historical, the Sea tradition is a historicized myth of conflict between Yahweh and the Reed Sea, in turn deriving from Canaanite myths of primordial theomachy (pp.
I think this may be true in isolated cases, such as the survival of the theomachy myth or belief in the apotropaic virtues of pesah.
Kuhn's success is also an instance of the enduring appeal of theomachy
, a mode of explanation which worked so brilliantly for Marx and Freud, and, long before, for Homer.