The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2002 - Religion - 243 pages
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In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological sources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, was the result of the progressive establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity. This thoroughly revised second edition of "The Early History of God includes a substantial new preface by the author and a foreword by Patrick D. Miller.

  

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Great Treatment of Israelite Monotheism

User Review  - Jonathan Becker - Christianbook.com

Six months ago, I wouldn't have dreamed of picking up Smith's "Early History of God." However, I decided to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised. For one, Smith has earned a reputation as a ... Read full review

Review: The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource Series)

User Review  - Joel Stucki - Goodreads

Excellent book and a must read for anyone interested in biblical scholarship. Smith reconstructs an early Israelite theology where the father god El and his consort, mother goddess Asherah have a son ... Read full review

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Page xliv - JAOS Journal of the American Oriental Society JBL Journal of Biblical Literature JCS Journal of Cuneiform Studies JJS Journal of Jewish Studies JNES Journal of Near Eastern Studies...
Page 3 - lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they play the harlot after their gods...
Page 26 - Not one raises his head among the Nine Bows. Desolation is for Tehenu; Hatti is pacified; Plundered is the Canaan with every evil; Carried off is Ashkelon; seized upon is Gezer; Yanoam is made as that which does not exist; Israel is laid waste, his seed is not; Hurru is become a widow for Egypt! All lands together, they are pacified...
Page 43 - And the children of Dan set up for themselves the graven image : and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.
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Mark S. Smith is the Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University.

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