Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel
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About "Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel"
Religion in ancient Israel didn't develop in a vacuum; it was influenced by the Near Eastern culture around it as much as it in turn influenced that culture. Dearman explores that dynamic interplay in this thought-provoking study. Using archaeological and literary evidence (both biblical and extrabiblical) he shows how distinctive Old Testament traditions (such as the paradoxical role of the prophets) flourished in the interaction of Israelite religion with cultural and political forces, while other traditions languished.^""Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel" by J. Andrew Dearman is the comprehensive study of religious forms and customs that has been needed by the discipline for many years. . . . Dearman's work is a mixture of traditional and social scientific examinations of the world of ancient Israel and its social matrix. From its opening use of Clifford Geertz' definition of 'religion, ' a tone is set, but not one that 'over interprets' the available sources. There is no pa
Meet the Author
J. Andrew Dearman (PhD, Emory University) is director of Fuller Texas, located in Houston TX, associate dean of the School of Theology in Pasadena, CA, and professor of Old Testament. He has worked on archaeological projects in Israel and Jordan. He has written Property Rights in the Eighth-Century, Prophets, and Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel, and has also edited and contributed to several books..John Andrew (Andy) Dearman (Ph.D., Emory University;Th.D (hon)., Reformed Theological Academy, Debrecen in Hungary ) is director and associate dean for Fuller Texas and professor of Old Testament. Before coming to Fuller, he taught Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 27 years, serving as its academic dean from 1997 to 2003. A respected archaeological researcher, he has held staff positions on archaeological surveys and excavations in Israel and Jordan.
Dearman has written several books, including Jeremiah and Lamentations (NIV Application Commentary series, 2002); The Land that I Will Show You: Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller (editor and contributor, 2001); Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel (1992); Harpers Bible Pronunciation Guide (editor and contributor, 1989) and Hosea (New International Commentary on the Old Testament series) Additionally, he is a part of two ongoing Bible translation projects, contributing to translation for The Voice (Thomas Nelson) and serving as a translation editor for the Common English Bible (Abingdon).
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