The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches

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This is the most far-reaching interdisciplinary investigation into the religion of ancient Israel ever attempted. The author draws on textual readings, archaeological and historical data and epigraphy to determine what is known about the Israelite religions during the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE). The evidence is synthesized within the structure of an Israelite worldview and ethos involving kin, tribes, land, traditional ways and places of worship, and a national deity. Professor Zevit has originated this interpretive matrix through insights, ideas, and models developed in the academic study of religion and history within the context of the humanities. He is strikingly original, for instance, in his contention that much of the Psalter was composed in praise of deities other than Yahweh. Through his book, the author has set a precedent which should encourage dialogue and cooperative study between all ancient historians and archaeologists, but particularly between Iron Age archaeologists and biblical scholars. The work challenges many conclusions of previous scholarship about the nature of the Israelites' religion.
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ISBN-13: 9780826463395
ISBN-10: 0826463398
Pagini: 848
Ilustrații: 137 b&w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 243 x 186 x 48 mm
Greutate: 1.61 kg
Ediția: New ed
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


1. Surveying Paths: An Essay about Humanities, Religion, History, and Israelite Religions 2. Of Cult Places and of Israelites 3. Architecture Parlante: Israelite Cult Places 4. Tangible Belief: The Material and Textual Aspects of Cultic Artifacts 5. Writ on Rock - Script on Stone 6. Israelite Religions in Israelian and Judahite Historiography and Historiosophy 7. Israelite Mantic Religions in Literary, Social, and Historical Contexts 8. Visions of a Foreign Land: Israelite Religions through Enemy Eyes 9. The Names of Israelite Gods 10. Israelite Religions: A Parallactic Synthesis Appendix: Khirbet Beit Lei: The Main Inscriptions


"The most ambitious, the most sophisticated, the most important study of ancient Israelite religions ever undertaken. . . . The standard by which all works for a generation to come will be judged, and even then it may not be surpassed."--William G. Dever, University of Arizona
"Aimed at both scholar and layperson, [the book] is clearly written, and rich with illustration and example." - Professor Bill Propp, UC San Diego
"This is by far the most comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject of religion in Iron Age Israel ever undertaken. It is deep, synthetic, even-handed, often provocative, and at ever turn of the page, appropriately self-conscious with respect to the author's perspectives, biases, and methodologies. Throughout Zevit combines a close study of biblical texts, epigraphic remains, and archaeological data, and configures all of the evidence within a conceptual matrix that draws heavily upon methodological advances and models more commonly known to scholars at home in the comparative study of religions, and in the humanities generally. Its exhaustiveness and methodological sophistication make it an important reference work and its timeliness marks it as representing a turning point in biblical scholarship. One of the most appealing aspects of this book is its accessibility. Zevit has intended it for a diverse, but informed, audience. This book is written for the undergraduate and graduate students studying Bible, archaeology, and history, for seminary graduates, and for scholars. All students. In sum, this book is a formidable tour de force, a magnum opus. It rewards the interested reader with a wealth of information, new insights, and a number of directions for future research. It clarifies in many definitive ways the complexities involved with studying the religions of ancient Israel and provides a greater appreciation for the sheer diversity of forms of Israelite devotion and rituals. Its numerous charts, diagrams, maps, drawings, photos, tables, and copious footnotes, as well as its exhaustive indices and bibliography only add to its value. Doubtless, it will be a valuable scholarly resource for years to come, one that also will be the focus of much discussion and debate in a number of disciplines." --Scott B. Noegel, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
"Zevit weighs in as a heavyweight, disclosing what can and cannot be said from archaeological, epigraphic, and literary data about the nature of Israelite religiosity in the ancient Near East. The chief value of this work for classroom instruction is its judicious survey of many articles, books, monographs, and aide-memoire biblical passages written on the religion of ancient Israel. This tome is packed with information and innovative interpretation. [Zevit's] hypothesis is persuasive and sound. All academic levels." --Z. Garber, Choice, June 2002
"Zevit's work is learned and suggestive, often brilliant...The breadth of Zevit's vision and his grasp of detail are outstanding." --Times Literary Supplement, 31 May 2002
"This volume is a well-researched and referenced account of aspects of Israelite religion which is prefaced with a useful survey of the current methods of reading the Old Testament historically." --Theological Book Review Feed the Minds
"The evidence is superbly presented. The sheer volume of material that Zevit presents makes this book a valuable monograph. The clear arrangement of the material makes the book useful as a reference tool, and the analyses are always judicious." --Corrine
"Zevit's study, simply on the basis of its innovative approach and comprehensive presentation of evidence, is nothing less than a scholarly feat and a truly novel and significant contribution to the study of Israelite religion.... Zevit's phenomenological approach provides a helpful complement, if not a refreshing alternative, to the typically essentialist genre of history of Israelite religion... Zevit's study is instructive and essential for any student of Israelite religion and should remain so for some time to come."- Joel S. Burnett, Journal of Biblical Literature, 125, no. 2, 2006
"Zevit's tome brings the material and textual study of OT religious belief and praxis into a single work. Zevit speaks authoritatively and with a command of both the textual and archaeological... [T]he most comprehensive synthesis to date of the archaeological and textual data....[It] will be the reference book for the next decade in biblical studies and will provide dialogue and theory building for the next generation." -Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, September 2004
"Each section is insightful, informative, innovative, and extremely important...each forms a reference work that will be of use to scholars for a long time to come. Consequently, this work belongs in the library of every academic who works in biblical studies." -Shofar