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The Origins of Ancient Israelite Religion Collection presents an array of perspectives and studies on ancient Israelite religion. The eight volumes examine its origins from a myriad of approaches, presenting intelligent and comprehensive commentaries and analyses. They discuss Palestine's social, political, economic, religious and ecological changes in the ancient near east from Paleolithic to Roman eras; an engendered conception of ancient near eastern law; Canaanite myths and legends, and much more. The collection features accessible introductions to the field together with critical analyses and source texts, allowing for a more complete understanding of this compelling topic.

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  • Title: Origins of Ancient Israelite Religion Collection (8 vols.)
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,271

Israel in the Biblical Period: Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals

  • Author: J. Alberto Soggin
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 192

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In this short, accessible and readable book, Professor Soggin gives an account of all the features of Israelite and Jewish religion in the biblical period. After a radical assessment of the nature of the sources and the problems of using them historically, he discusses the origin of monotheism and Israel's belief in its one God Yahweh. Then follow accounts of the three most important features in Israelite religion: the Jerusalem temple and its worship, the covenant, and sacrifices. The main festivals are discussed and there are chapters on the Sabbath and the new moon, the sabbatical year and the year of jubilee, and the calendar. The book ends with an account of changes brought about after the exile and the development of Middle Judaism, and the collapse of the old Israelite system of worship after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.

Though firmly based on biblical and Near Eastern texts and artifacts, the book wears its learning lightly; there are no footnotes, but a bibliography of books for further reading. Its clarity and straightforward approach make it an ideal introduction to the subject for students.

J. Alberto Soggin is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew at La Sapienza University, Rome.

Space and Time in the Religious Life of the Near East

  • Author: Nicolas Wyatt
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 368

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Space and time are basic features of the world-view, even the theology, of many religions, ancient and modern. How did the world begin, and how will it end? What is the importance of religious architecture in symbolizing sacred space? Where and how do we locate the self? The divine world?

Wyatt's textbook treats ancient Near Eastern religions from a perspective that allows us to access how religion shapes and orders the world of human thought and experience. The book is designed especially for classroom use, each chapter provided with suggested reading, copious quotations from ancient texts and summaries. The subject matter is treated by topic, not according to individual religions, so that the reader understands the essential points of similarity and difference between religious systems and how they model their universe.

Nicolas Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, University of Edinburgh.

Abraham, Israel and the Nations: The Patriarchal Promise and its Covenantal Development in Genesis

  • Author: Paul Williamson
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 312

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The divine promises to Abraham have long been recognized as a key to the book of Genesis as a whole. But their variety, often noted, also raises literary and theological problems. Why do they differ each time, and how are they related to each other and to the story of Abraham?

Williamson focuses on the promises in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they are concerned with two distinct but related issues. Genesis 15 guarantees God's promise to make Abraham into a great nation, while Genesis 17 focuses chiefly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the nations. The two chapters are connected, however, by the theme of an individual, royal descendant who will come from the nation (Israel) and mediate blessing to all the nations of the earth.

Paul Williamson is a lecturer at the Irish Baptist College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction

  • Author: K. L. Noll
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 331

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This unusually comprehensive textbook represents the most recent approaches to the biblical world by surveying Palestine's social, political, economic, religious and ecological changes from Paleolithic to Roman eras.

Designed for beginners with little knowledge of the ancient world, and with copious illustrations and charts, this volume explains how and why academic study of the past is undertaken, as well as the differences between historical and theological scholarship and the differences between ancient and modern genres of history writing. Classroom tested chapters emphasize the authenticity of the Bible as a product of an ancient culture, and the many problems with the biblical narrative as a historical source. Neither "maximalist" nor "minimalist'" it is sufficiently general to avoid confusion and to allow the assignment of supplementary readings such as biblical narratives and ancient Near Eastern texts.

Dr. K. L. Noll is Assistant Professor of Religion at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. His publications include The Faces of David.

Gender and Law in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

  • Editors: Victor Matthews, Bernard Levinson and Tikva Frymer-Kensky
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 256

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This striking new contribution to gender studies demonstrates the essential role of Israelite and Near Eastern law in the historical analysis of gender. The theme of these studies of Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian, and Israelite law is this: What is the significance of gender in the formation of ancient law and custom? Feminist scholarship is enriched by these studies in family history and the status of women in antiquity.

Victor Matthews is Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

Bernard Levinson holds the Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Theology, University of Chicago.

Canaanite Myths and Legends

  • Author: John C. Gibson
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 208

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The tablets of poetic mythological texts unearthed during the excavation of Ugarit are here edited and translated to shed new light on the religion and literature of the ancient world.

The tablets are of great importance for the study of literature and religion in an area of the ancient world which, chiefly through the avenue of the Hebrew Bible, exercised a deep influence on the rise of European civilization. They are enabling scholarship for the first time to arrive at a positive appraisal of the higher levels of Canaanite culture, which is so remorselessly attacked in the Bible but which can now be seen to have contributed more to its composition (and thus indirectly to the thought and poetic imagery of the West) than was previously supposed.

John C. Gibson was Reader in Hebrew and Semitic Languages, New College, Oxford.

Hammurabi's Laws: Text, Translation and Glossary

  • Author: M. E. J. Richardson
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 424

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Richardson supplies a new translation and transcription (which incorporates the most important manuscript variants) of the most famous of all ancient Mesopotamian texts. He also provides a complete lexical analysis of every word that is used in it. The edition covers the prologue and epilogue as well as the laws themselves.

Students of the Bible, ancient Near Eastern law and general Semitics are now provided with an indispensable reference tool in a convenient form. The detailed information in the glossary, where the full context of every quotation is given, will also be a tremendous help to those who want to learn or revise Akkadian.

M.E.J. Richardson is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Near Eastern Studies following his retirement from the Department of Middle Eastern, University of Manchester, UK.

Only One God?: Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah

  • Editors: Bob Becking, Meindert Dijkstra, Marjo C. A. Korpel, and Karel Vriezen
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 180

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The view of ancient Israelite religion as monotheistic has long been traditional in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, religions that have elaborated in their own way the biblical image of a single male deity. But recent archaeological findings of texts and images from the Iron Age kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their neighborhood offer a quite different impression.

Bob Becking is Professor for Old Testament Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Meindert Dijkstra is Senior Lecturer in Ancient Israelite Religion at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Marjo C.A. Korpel is Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Karel Vriezen is Lecturer in the Department of Old Testament Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands.