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Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan

A Historical Analysis of Two Contrasting Faiths

William Foxwell Albright

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ISBN: 978-0-931464-01-0

312 pages
6" × 9"
1990

Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan

A Historical Analysis of Two Contrasting Faiths

William Foxwell Albright

Professor Albright speaks to a new generation of scholars through this reprint of his classic work contrasting Israelite and Canaanite religions. The five chapters were originally presented as seven lectures and discuss Poetry and Prose, the Patriarchal Background, Canaanite Religion in the Early Bronze Age, the Struggle between Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan, and the Religious Cultures of Israel and Phoenicia.

 

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Professor Albright speaks to a new generation of scholars through this reprint of his classic work contrasting Israelite and Canaanite religions. The five chapters were originally presented as seven lectures and discuss Poetry and Prose, the Patriarchal Background, Canaanite Religion in the Early Bronze Age, the Struggle between Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan, and the Religious Cultures of Israel and Phoenicia.

Abbreviations

I. Verse and Prose in Early Israelite Tradition

A. Poetry versus Prose: Their Relative Date and Transmission

B. Canaanite Repetitive Style

C. Early Israelite Repetitive Style

D. The JE Complex

E. The Historical Significance of Archaic Hebrew Verse

II. The Patriarchal Background of Israel’s Faith

A. Recent Archaeological Finds Bearing on the Patriarchal Age

B. Trade and Commerce in the Ancient East

C. The Patriarchal Mode of Life

D. Hebrew and Apiru

E. Mesopotamian Cosmogony in Genesis

F. Mesopotamian Law in Hebrew Tradition

III. Canaanite Religion in the Bronze Age

A. The Ethnic and Cultural Background of the Canaanites

B. The Nature of Canaanite Religion: The Epic Pantheon

C. The Pantheon of Ugarit

D. Some other Phoenician Pantheons

E. Miscellaneous Beliefs, Sanctuaries, and Practices

IV. The Struggle Between Yahweh and The Gods of Canaan

A. The Mosaic Movement

B. The Antiquity of Mosaic Law

C. Early Pagan Vestiges in Hebrew Literature: Archaic Demythologizing

D. Some Aspects of Early Israelite Cult

V. The Religious Cultures of Israel and Phoenicia in Periodic Tension

A. The Prophetic Movement in Israel

B. Phoenicia and Phoenician Higher Culture

C. Phoenician and Israelite Religion in Contact

D. Phoenician Hierophants and Their Metamorphoses

E. Some Major Aspects of Phoenician Literary Influence on Israel

Addenda

Index

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