The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts

The Origins of Biblical Monotheism Israel s Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts According to the Bible ancient Israel s neighbors worshipped a wide variety of gods In recent years scholars have sought a better understanding of this early polytheistic milieu and its relation to

  • Title: The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts
  • Author: Mark S. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780195167689
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • According to the Bible, ancient Israel s neighbors worshipped a wide variety of gods In recent years, scholars have sought a better understanding of this early polytheistic milieu and its relation to Yahweh, the God of Israel Drawing on ancient Ugaritic texts and looking closely at Ugaritic deities, Mark Smith examines the meaning of divinity in the ancient near East aAccording to the Bible, ancient Israel s neighbors worshipped a wide variety of gods In recent years, scholars have sought a better understanding of this early polytheistic milieu and its relation to Yahweh, the God of Israel Drawing on ancient Ugaritic texts and looking closely at Ugaritic deities, Mark Smith examines the meaning of divinity in the ancient near East and considers how this concept applies to Yahweh.

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    1. The information in here is excellent in its quality, and extensive in its grasp. However, it is at times also inaccessible. The main points are usually easy to comprehend, but some of the supporting arguments get bogged down in technicalities, too many references to others work without a summery of their arguments, and for those unfamiliar with the language and lore of the western Middle East, it may be difficult. This work attempts to stand on its own, however it is best as a solid complement f [...]

    2. Smith is marvelous when he sticks to his specialty: Ugaritic studies. He is completely unconvincing in his comparison to the Hebrew Bible -- and he knows it.

    3. Luego de leer "La historia de los Judíos" de Paul Johnson, me recomendó este libro "Los orígenes del Monoteísmo Bíblico" para complementar el anterior.El libro de Mark S. Smith, es lento, farragoso por sus tecnicismos de hebreo y otros idiomas y repetitivo en su redacción. Da la idea que el autor quiere entender lo que ha dicho, así que requiere una lectura cuidadosa y paciente para enterarse de las teorías sobre un monoteísmo surgido del politeísmo propio de Cananea. En esta región, [...]

    4. This was a fascinating and rich exploration of Ugaritic myth compared to Israelite conceptions of the divine. Smith explores the literature found at Ras Shamra, describing in detail the divine family of El and Athirat, Baal's relationship to them (as well as other gods and their divine enemies, helpfully classified into levels). He then makes a case for understanding the Ugaritic myths as reflecting the importance of the family unit in the culture and the self understanding particularly of the r [...]

    5. Smith discusses lengthily West Semitic religion, providing it with the backdrop of the Ugaritic texts that present a whole panorama of its polytheistic system, and dwells on the Israelite polytheism in its incipient stages. He also asks questions about the ancient circumstances of biblical monotheism: “Why did biblical monotheism make sense at the time of its emergence with the context of Israelite polytheism and against the larger backdrop of West Semitic polytheism from which Israelite polyt [...]

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