The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

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Oxford University Press, Aug 9, 2001 - Religion - 325 pages
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According to the Bible, ancient Israel's neighbors worshipped a wide variety of gods. In recent years, scholars have sought a better understanding of this early polytheistic milieu and its relation to Yahweh, the God of Israel. Drawing on ancient Ugaritic texts and looking closely at Ugaritic deities, Mark Smith examines the meaning of "divinity" in the ancient near East and considers how this concept applies to Yahweh.
  

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Smith is marvelous when he sticks to his specialty: Ugaritic studies. He is completely unconvincing in his comparison to the Hebrew Bible -- and he knows it. Read full review

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Smith discusses lengthily West Semitic religion, providing it with the backdrop of the Ugaritic texts that present a whole panorama of its polytheistic system, and dwells on the Israelite polytheism ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
THE STRUCTURES OF DIVINITY
25
CHARACTERISTICS OF DIVINITY
81
THE ORIGINS OF MONOTHEISM IN THE BIBLE
133

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Mark S. Smith is Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. His publications include The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus (1997), The Ugaritic Baal Cycle (1994), The Early History of God (1990), as well as several other books on the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and West Semitic mythology and literature.

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