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Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 11/02/2010
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This volume of essays draws together specialists in the field to explain, illustrate and analyze religious diversity in Ancient Israel. Our understanding of the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Israelites has changed considerably in recent years. It is now increasingly accepted among scholars that the biblical presentation of Israelite religion is often at odds with the likely historical realities of ancient Israel's religious climate. As such, the diversity inherent within ancient Israelite religion is often overlooked - particularly within university lecture halls and classrooms. This volume of essays draws together specialists in the field to explain, illustrate and analyze this religious diversity. Following an introductory essay guiding the reader through the book, the collection falls into three sections. The first focuses on conceptual diversities. It seeks to deconstruct common assumptions about Israelite religion and reconstructs Israelite perceptions of the nature of the religious world. The second section examines socio-religious diversities. It studies the varied social contexts of ancient Israelites, exploring the relationship between worshippers' social locations and their perceptions and experiences of the divine. The third section deals with geographical diversities. It seeks to understand how geographical distinctions may engender certain characteristics within Israelite religion and impact upon religious perceptions.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567032164
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm


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'Thepast generation of scholars saw the shift from unified notions of biblicaltheology to diverse developmental models based on the rise of monotheismtowards the end of the biblical period. Now another, perhaps more relevant, shift is becoming apparent: a movement from ideas of unity to those ofpluralism and diversity within the religion practiced by ancient Israelites andJudahites. Edited by two prominent scholars, this book brings together all theexisting scholarly perspectives on such diversity, and adds some new ones. Thisrem


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'The past generation of scholars saw the shift from unified notions of biblical theology to diverse developmental models based on the rise of monotheism towards the end of the biblical period. Now another, perhaps more relevant, shift is becoming apparent: a movement from ideas of unity to those of pluralism and diversity within the religion practiced by ancient Israelites and Judahites. Edited by two prominent scholars, this book brings together all the existing scholarly perspectives on such diversity, and adds some new ones. This remarkable volume represents the eye of the storm in current biblical scholarship.'- Bernhard Lang, University of Paderborn, Germany. --Sanford Lakoff

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