The Religions of Ancient Israel

The Religions of Ancient Israel : A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches

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The author draws on textual readings, archaeological and historical data, and epigraphy to determine what may be 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 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 original, for instance, in his conclusions about the pre-canonical history of many psalms, the two-stage history of Israelite altars, and the unrecognised religious significance of some Hebrew inscriptions and archaeological sites. Throughout the book, the author has set a precedent which should encourage dialogue and co-operative study between 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 Israelite religion, even as it presents scholars with new data, new interpretations of old data, and suggestions for new questions for research.

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  • Paperback | 848 pages
  • 190.5 x 243.8 x 43.2mm | 1,496.87g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Frances Pinter Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 137 b&w illustrations
  • 0826463398
  • 9780826463395
  • 1,252,046

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'... the most ambitious, the most sophisticated, the most important study of ancient Israelite religions ever undertaken.' Professor William G. Dever, University of Arizona; '... thorough, up-to-date.... No comparable work is as methodologically sophisticated... clearly written, rich with illustration and example.' Professor Bill Propp, University of California at San Diego; 'Zevit's work is learned and suggestive, often brilliant, in its relation both to humanistic studies in general and to detailed phenomena and texts in particular.' The Times Literary Supplement; 'This book is a formidable tour de force, a magnum opus.' Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

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About Z. Zevit

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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