The Religion of Ancient Israel

By T.C. Vriezen

An informative guide to the religion of the Semitic peoples reveals both their religious practice and the place it occupied in their civilisation.

ISBN: 9780227170526


Have we any right to speak of the religion of ancient Israel? Are there connections between the religion of the patriarchs, that of the tribes who remained in Canaan and that of the Israelites who took part in the exodus and who experienced the period of wandering in the wilderness? To such questions Vriezen provides answers, based on textual, literary and archaeological evidence.

Through church and synagogue the Old Testament has influenced western Christendom. But it is also separated from us by a great gulf – of time, space, culture, thinking and belief. Vriezen provides a valuable guide to the Ancient Near East and to Semitic civilisation and religion, explaining the background to many disputive questions relating to Old Testament scholarship.

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Dimensions 216 × 140 mm
Pages 336


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About the Author

Professor Theodore C. Vriezen was Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands).


I. Introduction
II. Israel’s Religion Against the Background of the Religions of the Ancient East
     Israel and the surrounding world
     Some parallel phenomena that illustrate the relationship
     Cohesive and distinguishing aspects of ancient Semitic religions in general
     The religion of Egypt
     The religion of Babylon
     The Phoenician-Canaanite religion
     The Aramaean religion
     The religion of some Transjordanian peoples
     The Edomites
     The religion of the North Arabian tribes
     The character of Israel’s religion

III. Religious Life at About the Year 1000
     Yahweh, the God of Israel
     Holy places
     Some Social Factors

VI. The Prehistory
V. Yahweh
VI. The Victory of Yahwism
VII. New Forms of Life, State and Religion
VIII. The Great Prophets
IX. Reformation and Downfall
X. Regeneration and Recovery
XI. Centralization and Disintegration