Edward Platt
Freelance

Edward Platt is a regular contributor to the New Statesman and other newspapers and magazines. His latest book is The City of Abraham: History, Myth and Memory, a Journey Through Hebron (2012).

Written by Edward Platt

Sarah Presenting Hagar to Abraham (detail) by Adriaen van der Werff, 1699. Staatsgalerie, Schleissheim. Photo courtesy of wikimedia

Essay/
Religion
Family feuds

The ancient God of Judaism and Islam was no distant immortal, but a god of domestic life, infertility and fratricide

Edward Platt

‘Location of the sunken island Atlantis according to the Egyptians and Platon’s description.’ Athanasius Kircher, 1601-1680. Note that the map is oriented with south at the top. Photo by AKG

Essay/
Ecology and environmental sciences
Out of the deep

From Atlantis to Noah’s Ark, we have long been drawn to stories of submerged lands. What lies beneath the flood myths?

Edward Platt