The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RTS1942 - LibraryThing
Smith has written a grand overview of the development of monotheism in the Jewish culture. He begins by discussing ancient Ugaritic texts in the milieu in which they were written and then, by ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KirkLowery - LibraryThing
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