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The Early History of God : Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel
by Mark S. Smith

Overview - In this remarkable history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains for the first time how Israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined religion with Yahweh as sole god.

Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan.  Read more...


 
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Overview
In this remarkable history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains for the first time how Israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined religion with Yahweh as sole god.

Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan. Looking at a wide range of sources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, was the result of the establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity that included the recognition of a singular, universal deity.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802839725
  • ISBN-10: 080283972X
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: August 2002
  • Page Count: 243

Series: Biblical Resource Series

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