The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches

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Ziony Zevit
A&C Black, Jun 1, 2003 - Religion - 848 pages
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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.
  

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Highly regarded as the most comprehensive book on ancient religions in Israel. The content is simply unsurpassed in scope, but the book itself is poorly manufactured. It has 821 pages and has a very weak binding. One has to be very gentle with this investment.

Contents

An Essay about Humanities Religion History
1
Figures
29
Of Cult Places and of Israelites
81
Israelite Cult Places
123
accompanying courtyard and altar
128
altars from the seventh century
140
platform and builtin basin after
151
from strata VII and VI
164
adjoining structures
221
The Material and Textual Aspects of Cultic
267
Writ on Rock Script on Stone
350
Israelite Religions in Israelian and Judahite Historiography
439
Israelite Mantic Religions in Literary Social and Historical
480
Israelite Religions through
511
The Names of Israelite Gods
586
A Parallactic Synthesis
611

excavation
166
dismantled altar in secondary use
173
century
182
chamber of the southern gate
193
restoration and setting up of
205

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Ziony Zevit is Distinguished Professor of Bible Northwest Semitic Languages at the American Jewish University, USA. He has published numerous works including Solving Riddles and the Anterior Construction in Classical Hebrew. The editor of Hebrew Studies, he is also on the editorial board of The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

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