The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource Series)

The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource Series)

Mark S. Smith


Foreword by way of Patrick D. Miller

during this extraordinary, acclaimed historical past of the advance of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel's faith developed from a cult of Yahweh as a major deity between many to an absolutely outlined monotheistic religion with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the conventional view that Israel was once essentially various in tradition and faith from its Canaanite buddies, this provocative e-book argues that Israelite faith built, a minimum of partially, from the faith of Canaan. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological assets, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite faith used to be no longer an outright rejection of international, pagan gods yet, quite, used to be the results of the revolutionary institution of a incredibly separate Israelite identification. This completely revised moment version ofThe Early heritage of God includes a considerable new preface by means of the writer and a foreword by means of Patrick D. Miller.

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