This is a far-reaching interdisciplinary investigation intothe religions of ancient Israel. The author draws on textual readings, archaeological and historical data, and epigraphy to determine what may be known about the Israelite religions during the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE). Theevidence is synthesized within the structure of an Israelite worldview and ethos involving kin, tribes, land,traditional ways and places of worship, and a national deity.
Professor Zevit originated this interpretive matrix throughinsights, ideas and models developed in the academic study of religion and history within the context of the humanities . He brings new conclusions about the pre-canonical history of many psalms, the two-stage history of Israelitealtars, and the unrecognized religious significance of someHebrew inscriptions and archaeological sites.
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