Ancient Israelite Religion

Paperback | February 1, 1998

bySusan Niditch

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Ancient Israelite Religion offers a brief, accessible, and perceptive account of the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Israelites, analyzing the complex and varied ways in which they present and preserve themselves in the Hebrew Bible. Drawing on the most recent literaryscholarship and archaeological evidence, the author provides a compelling account of how the culture of the Israelites changed over three great historical periods--the distant pre-monarchic age, the monarchies of Israel and Judah, and the Babylonian exile and return. The heart of the book is a richdescription of the Israelites' religious life as revealed in the Hebrew Bible. Exploring how they described their experience of God, Niditch draws out consistent themes in the Biblical stories. Most importantly, she allows us to see the world through the Israelites' eyes as she reconstructs boththeir habits and their larger worldview. Ideal for introduction to the Bible and introduction to religion courses, this insightful, subtly nuanced portrait is also easily understandable to general readers. It brings to life this ancient people whose legacy continues to influence and captivate the world today.

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This is a brief, readable introduction to the religious traditions of the ancient Israelites, the people of the Hebrew Bible. It sets forth the biblical and extra-biblical evidence concerning their beliefs, myths, and ritual practices.

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Ancient Israelite Religion offers a brief, accessible, and perceptive account of the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Israelites, analyzing the complex and varied ways in which they present and preserve themselves in the Hebrew Bible. Drawing on the most recent literaryscholarship and archaeological evidence, the author p...

Susan Niditch is at Amherst College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.19 × 5.39 × 0.51 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195091280

ISBN - 13:9780195091281

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This is a brief, readable introduction to the religious traditions of the ancient Israelites, the people of the Hebrew Bible. It sets forth the biblical and extra-biblical evidence concerning their beliefs, myths, and ritual practices.

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"An interesting review of Israelite religion as depicted in the Bible. Niditch focuses on religion rather than philosophy or history, bringing into the foreground a topic often insufficiently distinguished from other areas of Bible studies."--Joshua Fox, Hebrew University, Israel