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By Beth Alpert Nakhai

ISBN-10: 089757057X

ISBN-13: 9780897570572

Archaeological facts, while seen objectively, supply autonomous witness to the spiritual practices of the traditional population of Syria-Palestine and support to spot the vital half that faith performed within the social and political worlds of the Israelites and Canaanites. via employing present anthropological and sociological thought to historical fabrics excavated over the last 80 years, the writer bargains a brand new method of the archaeological info. 'Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel' summarizes and analyzes the archaeological is still from all recognized center Bronze via Iron Age temples, sanctuaries, and open-air shrines to bare the ways that social, fiscal and political relationships determined—and have been formed by—forms of spiritual association.

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12 Rowley 1946; Gordon 1953; Orlinsky 1954; Pfeiffer 1961; Gray 1962; Habel 1964; Hahn 1966; Krauss 1966; Ringgren 1966; Segert 1967; Vriezen 1967; Orlinsky 1972. 13 The “New Archaeology” movement of the 1980s, a movement developed by archaeologists in the United States, challenged excavators to: (1) consider social systems; (2) understand the processes behind the formation of archaeological remains; and (3) base their work upon commonly accepted scientific principles including the development of research designs prior to excavating (see Dever 1983; 1988; and references in both).

In his opinion sacrifice was embedded within the covenant between Israel and God and was immediately concerned with transgressions by both parties to this covenantal agreement (1985: 155). Although it begs the question of when and for whom the sacrificial rules applied, Davies’ statement that sacrifice was “an institutional way in which the social and religious life of the nation was both conceived and ordered” underscores the quintessential importance of that rite for ancient Israel (Davies 1985: 161).

Ben-Tor 1997c: 124–26; 1999a: 2*–3*; see also Rainey 1965: 125). , Albright 1940 and McCown 1943. , Gray 1962; Fohrer 1972; Freedman 1985. , Bright (1972: 116): “Canaanite religion … presents us with no pretty picture. ” 10 In A Century of Excavation in Palestine, R. A. S. Macalister, director of the large and prestigious excavation at Tel Gezer, described many types of archaeological evidence and incorporated studies of topography, political history, cultural history and ethnography (1925). While this might seem ideal, his negative and judgmental approach to the excavated data was discouraging.

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