Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey

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Baker Academic, 15 okt. 2007 - 432 pagina's
The last several decades have witnessed important discoveries of archaeological and documentary materials from the ancient Near East that shed light on ancient Israel and its religious practices. The study of these extrabiblical materials has had a significant impact on scholarly debates regarding the religion of Israel and the interpretation of the Bible. Until now, however, there have been few introductions that help students consider the importance of these contemporary discoveries and juxtapose them with the biblical narrative to understand ancient Israelite religions. Richard Hess provides just that in this accessible account of the discovery of archaeological and textual materials and the debates that have arisen over their importance for biblical studies. After a general introduction to the study of religion, he surveys the field with regard to ancient Israelite and pre-Israelite, western Semitic religious traditions. Hess then turns to consider the biblical literature and how other documentary evidence might enlarge our understanding of ancient Israelite religious practices and beliefs. One of the central scholarly debates concerns the question of when the Israelites developed their monotheistic impulse. After examining the evidence, Hess argues for the early establishment of the monotheistic tradition in ancient Israel. Hess brings a wealth of knowledge to this study, and scholars, students, and clergy interested in the contemporary study of the ancient Near East and the Old Testament will welcome the expert guidance provided in this illustrated volume. - Publisher.
 

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Figures
8
List of Figures
9
Introduction
11
Map of Southern Canaan and neighbors
19
Approaches to the Study of Religion
25
Previous Study of Israelite Religion
43
Part of Hattusas capital of the Hittite empire
55
Syria and Egypt
81
Middle Bronze Age silver and bronze calf from Ashkelon
157
Jebel Musa possible site of Mount Sinai
158
Tel Bethsaida
164
Priestly and Cultic Strands of the Pentateuch
171
Standing stones from Uvda Valley
199
Structures marking burials in the Sinai peninsula
200
Negev open sanctuary
201
Hathor Temple
203

Map of Mesopotamia
84
Amarna Tablet
92
Palestine and Jordan
125
Late Bronze Age Hazor acropolis defenses
127
Thirdmillennium BC Early Bronze Age altar
129
Late Bronze Age Beth Shan behind Roman Scythopolis
130
Late Bronze Age Shechem fortress temple
133
Standing stones at Gezer
134
Lachish goddess plaque
135
Megiddo ivory with image of chariot and prince on throne
138
Narrative and Legal Strands of the Pentateuch
141
Temple of AmonRe at Karnak
153
Tel Ashkelon
156
Early Israel and the United Monarchy
209
Mount Ebal site
217
Mount Ebal ramp and altar
218
Written Sources for the Divided Monarchy
247
Archaeological Sources for the Divided Monarchy
297
Exilic and Postexilic Religion
337
Conclusions
347
Reference List
353
Name Index
409
Scripture Index
417
Subject Index
426
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2007)

Richard S. Hess (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. He is the author or editor of a dozen titles, including Israel's Messiah in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls and commentaries on the Song of Songs and Joshua.

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