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The Early History of God (2nd Edition) (Biblical Resource Series)

Paperback|Aug 2002
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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. Looking at a wide range of sources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, was the result of the establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity that included the recognition of a singular, universal deity.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 183853
  • Product Code 080283972X
  • EAN 9780802839725
  • Pages 289
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Aug 2002
  • Sales Rank 31890
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 18mm
  • Weight 0.396kg

Mark S Smith

Mark S. Smith (Ph.D., Yale University) is Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. His publications include The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus; The Ugaritic Baal Cycle; The Early History of God; The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts and Exodus (Fascicle 2, Old Testament, The New Collegeville Bible Commentary series; Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2009).

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