Raphael Patai (1911-1996) was a prominent cultural anthropologist, historian, and biblical scholar of international reputation. He was the author of more than three dozen books on Jewish and Arab culture, history, politics, psychology, and folklore.
Carefully researched, well-written, and well-illustrated, this book
is an interesting and invaluable contribution to Jewish
This brilliant essay on goddess worship in Judaism written by an anthropologist represents a major contribution to comparative religion.--James Preston "Encyclopedia of Religion "