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Israel in the Biblical Period : Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals - Alberto Soggin

Israel in the Biblical Period

Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780567088116
Number Of Pages: 224

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In this short, accessible and readable book, Professor Soggin gives an account of all the features of Israelite and Jewish religion in the biblical period. After a radical assessment of the nature of the sources and the problems of using them historically, he discusses the origin of monotheism and Israel's belief in its one God Yahweh. Then follow accounts of the three most important features in Israelite religion: the Jerusalem temple and its worship, the covenant, and sacrifices. The main festivals are discussed and there are chapters on the sabbath and the new moon, the sabbatical year and the year of jubilee, and the calendar. The book ends with an account of changes brought about after the exile and the development of Middle Judaism, and the collapse of the old Israelite system of worship after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.Though firmly based on biblical and Near Eastern texts and artefacts, the book wears its learning lightly; there are no footnotes, but a bibliography of books for further reading. Its clarity and straightforward approach make it an ideal introduction to the subject for students.

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"The nature of the sources and the problem of reconstruction are dealt with at the outset of this easily digested guide to a complicated subject."

The Traditional Version of the Origins of Israel and Monotheismp. 1
The Context: Syria and Canaan at the End of the Second Millennium B.C.E.p. 13
The Deuteronomistic Historyp. 17
The State of the Questionp. 25
Polytheism in Ancient Israel?p. 29
The Sanctuaries: The Jerusalem Templep. 35
Monotheismp. 49
Other Relevant Elements: The Covenantp. 55
Other Relevant Elements: The Cult and Sacrificesp. 75
Festivals and Holy Days: Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Breadp. 87
Festivals and Holy Days: The Feast of Weeksp. 101
Festivals and Holy Days: The Great Autumn Festivalp. 111
Festivals and Holy Days: Purim and Hanukkahp. 129
Festivals and Holy Days: The Sabbath and the New Moonp. 135
Festivals and Holy Days: The Sabbatical Year and the Year of Jubileep. 147
Festivals and Holy Days: The Calendarp. 157
Middle Judaism between the First Millennium B.C.E. and the First Millennium C.E.p. 165
Judaism after the Catastrophep. 181
Abbreviationsp. 185
Essential Bibliographyp. 187
Index of Namesp. 193
Index of Placesp. 197
Index of Texts Citedp. 199
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ISBN: 9780567088116
ISBN-10: 0567088111
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.62 x 13.87  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1