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Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism (Stephen L Cook) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2005) 9789004130555
Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism (Stephen L Cook) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2005) 9789004130555
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Title: The Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism

Author: Cook, Stephen L

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004130555

Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 310

List Price in Cloth: $169.00 Our price: $143.99

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Sure to provoke discussion and debate as it offers a unique approach to some old and perplexing issues in the history of ancient Israel and its religion, Cook's study is a bold new proposal for synthesizing the social history of Israel's religious traditions. Among the many "Yahwisms" coexisting in ancient Israel was an initially small minority stream of theological tradition composed of geographically and socially diverse groups in northern and southern Israel. These groups shared a religious commitment to a covenantal, village-based, land-oriented Yahwism that arose before the emergence of Israelite kingship. It eventually rose to dominance, and its theology provided robust resources for dealing with the Babylonian exile. It thus came to occupy a prominent place in the present canon of the Hebrew Bible. Cook combines detailed study of biblical texts with a carefully constructed social-scientific method and body of data to argue for the early origins of biblical Yahwism. This book is written to be accessible to lay readers and also of significant interest to Hebrew Bible students and specialists.
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