The outstanding nineteenth-century biblical scholar and Semitist William Robertson Smith gave three courses of Burnett Lectures on the Religion of the Semites at Aberdeen just over a century ago. This first series, published in 1889 (2nd edition, 1894), has long been a classic work and considered a foundational text in the comparative study of religion. The lectures, which constitute a work of considerable Semitic and Classical learning, view the primitive religions of the Semetic peoples in relation to other ancient religions, and to the spiritual religions of the Old Testament and of Christianity.
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Lectures on the Religion of the Semites (Second and Third Series) by William Robertson Smith are available in the Continuum Near Eastern History Collection (13 vols.).
This is a most interesting and valuable book. When Professor Robertson Smith's series of lectures are concluded, they will form the standard work upon their subject.
—The Jewish Quarterly Review
. . . known to scholars as a bold and vigorous thinker, [Robertson Smith] was well equipped for the task of delivering a series of lectures on the Semitic religions, and it is evident that he has applied all his skill and resources to the development of his highly interesting theme.
—The Methodist Review
It is no exaggeration to say that this book is of great value as well as of deep interest to the Biblical student.
—The Reformed Quarterly Review