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Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah
Understanding of the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Israelites has changed considerably in recent years. It is now increasingly accepted that the biblical presentation of Israelite religion is often at odds with the historical realities of ancient Israel's religious climate. As such, the diversity inherent to ancient Israelite religion is often ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Bloomsbury T&T Clark
(first published April 11th 2010)
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The articles in this collection draw upon evidence from archaeology, epigraphy, and texts both biblical and otherwise to reconstruct a picture of the religious landscape of ancient Palestine and the Transjordan. The overarching conclusion one can draw from the volume as a whole is that this landscape was both more and less heterogeneous than either the biblical narratives or generations of biblical scholarship have supposed. Traditional perceptions of where the lines of religious differentiation ...more