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Mark Smith is brilliant. This, as well as the rest of his books, are phenomenal.

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

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

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

This is a fantastic synthesis of 20th Century scholarship on the religion of Israel in the period of the Judges and early monarchy. The Smith surveys the literature and provides his own theory of the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Akiva - Goodreads

Brilliant analysis of the absorptions of Baal and El into the Yahwistic Godhead. Also, a exceptional demonstration of the polytheism of the 1st Temple cult, as well as of the Israelite evolution from, apparently, their Canaanite roots. Very slow read, however. Read full review


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