Israelite Religions

An Archaeological and Biblical Survey

Author: Richard S. Hess

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441201126

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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Archaeological excavation in the Holy Land has exploded with the resurgence of interest in the historical roots of the biblical Israelites. Israelite Religions offers Bible students and interested lay leaders a survey of the major issues and approaches that constitute the study of ancient Israelite religion. Unique among other books on the subject, Israelite Religions takes the Bible seriously as a historical source, balancing the biblical material with relevant evidence from archaeological finds.

Ancient Israelite Religion

Essays in Honor of Frank Moore Cross

Author: Patrick D. Miller,Paul D. Hanson,S. Dean McBride

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9780800662929

Category: Religion

Page: 704

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Although the Hebrew Bible serves as the main source of knowledge of ancient Israelite religion, much additional information comes from the material and written remains uncovered in the archaeological investigations of the Ancient Near East. In this volume, internationally renowned scholars examine all of these sources in order to present the most impressive, comprehensive study of ancient Israelite religion yet to appear.

The Religions of Ancient Israel

A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches

Author: Ziony Zevit

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826463395

Category: Religion

Page: 848

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This is the most far-reaching interdisciplinary investigation into the religion of ancient Israel ever attempted. The author draws on textual readings, archaeological and historical data and epigraphy to determine what is known about the Israelite religions during the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE). The evidence is synthesized within the structure of an Israelite worldview and ethos involving kin, tribes, land, traditional ways and places of worship, and a national deity. Professor Zevit has originated this interpretive matrix through insights, ideas, and models developed in the academic study of religion and history within the context of the humanities. He is strikingly original, for instance, in his contention that much of the Psalter was composed in praise of deities other than Yahweh. Through his book, the author has set a precedent which should encourage dialogue and cooperative study between all ancient historians and archaeologists, but particularly between Iron Age archaeologists and biblical scholars. The work challenges many conclusions of previous scholarship about the nature of the Israelites' religion.

The Religion of Ancient Israel

Author: Patrick D. Miller

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664221454

Category: Religion

Page: 335

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The historical and literary questions about ancient Israel that traditionally have preoccupied biblical scholars have often overlooked the social realities of life experienced by the vast majority of the population of ancient Israel. Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines -- such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, and literary criticism -- to illumine the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these scholarly insights for a wide variety of readers. Individually and collectively, these books will expand our vision of the culture and society of ancient Israel, thereby generating new appreciation for its impact up to the present.Patrick Miller investigates the role religion played in an expanding circle of influences in ancient Israel: the family, village, tribe, and nation-state. He situates Israel's religion in context where a variety of social forces affected beliefs, and where popular cults openly competed with the "official" religion. Miller makes extensive use of both epigraphic and artefactual evidence as he deftly probes the complexities of Iron Age culture and society and their enduring significance for people today.

A Century of Old Testament Study

Author: Ronald Ernest Clements

Publisher: James Clarke & Co.

ISBN: 9780718825478

Category: Religion

Page: 183

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An account of the main lines of Old Testament scholarship extending from the 1870's.

Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel

Author: Beth Alpert Nakhai

Publisher: Amer School of Oriental

ISBN: 9780897570572

Category: History

Page: 262

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Annotation This book discusses the role of religion in Canaanite and Israelite society, from the Middle Bronze Age through the Israelite Divided Monarchy (2000-587 BC). It contains an extensive archaeological study of all known Middle Bronze through Iron Age temples, sanctuaries, and open-air shrines, organized by period and geographic region. Social science and textually based analyses of sacrifice in antiquity reveal the many ways in which religion was related to social structure, and the author emphasizes the ways in which social, economic and political relationships determined - and were shaped by - forms of religious organization.

Life in Biblical Israel

Author: Philip J. King,Lawrence E. Stager

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664221485

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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A special edition of the Library of Ancient Israel is based on the latest research to provide an in-depth presentation of the land in ancient times from its domestic life and cultural traditions to its religious practices, in a volume complemented by more than 175 illustrations and photographs.

Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism

Author: James K. Hoffmeier

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190266791

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned for seventeen years in the fourteenth century B.C.E, is one of the most intriguing rulers of ancient Egypt. His odd appearance and his preoccupation with worshiping the sun disc Aten have stimulated academic discussion and controversy for more than a century. Despite the numerous books and articles about this enigmatic figure, many questions about Akhenaten and the Atenism religion remain unanswered. In Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism, James K. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten was not, as is often said, a radical advocating a new religion, but rather a primitivist: that is, one who reaches back to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's inspiration was the Old Kingdom (2650-2400 B.C.E.), when the sun-god Re/Atum ruled as the unrivaled head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier finds that Akhenaten was a genuine convert to the worship of Aten, the sole creator God, based on the Pharoah's own testimony of a theophany, a divine encounter that launched his monotheistic religious odyssey. The book also explores the Atenist religion's possible relationship to Israel's religion, offering a close comparison of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been identified by scholars as influenced by the Egyptian hymn. Through a careful reading of key texts, artworks, and archaeological studies, Hoffmeier provides compelling new insights into a religion that predated Moses and Hebrew monotheism, the impact of Atenism on Egyptian religion and politics, and the aftermath of Akhenaten's reign.

The Materiality of Power

Explorations in the Social History of Ancient Israelite Magic

Author: Brian B. Schmidt

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161533020

Category: Religion

Page: 273

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"Were there countervailing cosmic realms ruled by Yahweh and Asherah in late pre-exilic Israel? Brian B. Schmidt presents five case studies corroborating the existence of a daimonic realm replete with intermediary protecticve spirits and a pandemonium that wreaked havoc upon both the living and dead. Having converged with Egypt's protective deities Bes and Beset, YHWH and Asherah also possessed the enhanced powers to govern a counteractive apotropaic realm from which Asherah mediated divine portections for humanity." -- bck cover

The Old Testament in Archaeology and History

Author: Jennie R. Ebeling,J. Edward Wright,Mark Adam Elliott,Paul Virgil McCracken Flesher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781481307390

Category: Bible

Page: 650

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"A century ago it was true that if you wanted to understand the ancient Israelites you had to read the Bible, the Old Testament. Today, if you want to understand the Old Testament, you need to study the history and archaeology of the ancient people of Israel"--Preface.

Ancient Israel's History

An Introduction to Issues and Sources

Author: Bill T. Arnold,Richard S. Hess

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801039300

Category: Religion

Page: 560

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The history of Israel is a much-debated topic in Old Testament studies. On one side are minimalists who find little of historical value in the Hebrew Bible. On the other side are those who assume the biblical text is a precise historical record. Many serious students of the Bible find themselves between these two positions and would benefit from a careful exploration of issues in Israelite history. This substantive history of Israel textbook values the Bible's historical contribution without overlooking critical issues and challenges. Featuring the latest scholarship, the book introduces students to the current state of research on issues relevant to the study of ancient Israel. The editors and contributors, all top biblical scholars and historians, discuss historical evidence in a readable manner, using both canonical and chronological lenses to explore Israelite history. Illustrative items, such as maps and images, visually support the book's content. Tables and sidebars are also included.

Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah

Author: Francesca Stavrakopoulou,John Barton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567032167

Category: Religion

Page: 207

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This volume of essays draws together specialists in the field to explain, illustrate and analyze this religious diversity in Ancient Israel.

In the Beginning God

A Fresh Look at the Case for Original Monotheism

Author: Winfried Corduan

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433683008

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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Christians believe that religion began when God created human beings and revealed himself to them. But is there scholarly evidence for this belief? In the nineteenth century academic world a stormy debate took shape over the origin of religion. Scholars explored the ancient languages of mythology and then considered evolutionary anthropology. A dominant view emerged that religion began with animism -- the reverent honoring of spirits -- and from there evolved into higher forms, from polytheism on to monotheism. However, scholars Andrew Lang and Wilhem Schmidt contended there were cultures throughout the world -- pygmy people in Africa and Asia, certain Australian Aboriginal groups and Native American tribes -- that originated as monotheistic, acknowledging the existence of one supreme God who created the world and holds people accountable for living morally upright lives. The debate wore on, and Schmidt, a member of the Catholic order and a priest, was accused (without evidence) of letting his faith interpret the facts. By the mid-twentieth century a silent consensus formed among scholars not to discuss the origin and evolution of religion any further. The discoveries of Lang and Schmidt have since been largely ignored. However, the evidence on which these scholars based their conclusion of monotheism is still out there. In the Beginning God attempts to educate Christians about the debate on this topic, the facts that were accepted and those that were ignored, and the use to which Christians can put all of this material in making a case for the truth of Christianity.

Biblical History and Israel S Past

The Changing Study of the Bible and History

Author: Megan Bishop Moore,Brad E. Kelle

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802862608

Category: History

Page: 518

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Although scholars have for centuries primarily been interested in using the study of ancient Israel to explain, illuminate, and clarify the biblical story, Megan Bishop Moore and Brad E. Kelle describe how scholars today seek more and more to tell the story of the past on its own terms, drawing from both biblical and extrabiblical sources to illuminate ancient Israel and its neighbors without privileging the biblical perspective. Biblical History and Israel s Past provides a comprehensive survey of how study of the Old Testament and the history of Israel has changed since the middle of the twentieth century. Moore and Kelle discuss significant trends in scholarship, trace the development of ideas since the 1970s, and summarize major scholars, viewpoints, issues, and developments.

Song of Songs

Author: Richard S. Hess

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801027128

Category: Religion

Page: 285

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This verse-by-verse commentary offers a fresh reading of an intriguing book of the Old Testament.

Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan

A Historical Analysis of Two Contrasting Faiths

Author: William Foxwell Albright

Publisher: Eisenbrauns

ISBN: 9780931464010

Category: History

Page: 294

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Professor Albright speaks to a new generation of scholars through this reprint of his classic work contrasting Israelite and Canaanite religions. The five chapters were originally presented as seven lectures and discuss Poetry and Prose, the Patriarchal Background, Canaanite Religion in the Early Bronze Age, the Struggle between Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan, and the Religious Cultures of Israel and Phoenicia.

What are They Saying about Ancient Israelite Religion?

Author: John L. McLaughlin

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1587686511

Category: Israel

Page: N.A

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This volume explores recent scholarship on ancient Israelite religion, focusing on the deities of ancient Israel. The scholarship begins in 1980, although some earlier works are cited.

Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion

Author: Saul M. Olyan

Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit

ISBN: 1589836898

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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This volume assesses past, theoretically engaged work on Israelite religion and presents new approaches to particular problems and larger interpretive and methodological questions. It gathers previously unpublished research by senior and mid-career scholars well known for their contributions in the area of social theory and the study of Israelite religion and by junior scholars whose writing is just beginning to have a serious impact on the field. The volume begins with a critical introduction by the editor. Topics of interest to the contributors include gender, violence, social change, the festivals, the dynamics of shame and honor, and the relationship of text to ritual. The contributors engage theory from social and cultural anthropology, sociology, postcolonial studies, and ritual studies. Theoretical models are evaluated in light of the primary data, and some authors modify or adapt theory to increase its utility for biblical studies. The contributors are Susan Ackerman, Stephen L. Cook, Ronald Hendel, T. M. Lemos, Nathaniel B. Levtow, Carol Meyers, Saul M. Olyan, Rüdiger Schmitt, Robert R. Wilson, and David P. Wright.