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Family religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel : continuity and change in the forms of religious life /
by Karel van der Toorn.
imprint
Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1996.
description
vi, 491 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004104100 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1996.
isbn
9004104100 (alk. paper)
issn
0169-9024
catalogue key
982172
 
Includes bibliographical references ( p. [389] -449) and indexes.
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' Over a hundred pages of indices and bibliographies make the research that has gone into the book very easy for the reader to access.Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel is a valuable addition to the library of any scholar of antiquity who can afford the price.'Joseph Blenkinsopp, Journal of Biblical Literature.' Biblicists studying Genesis, patriarchy, land tenure, tribalism and the like will discover it to be a useful source of information, responsible analysis and lucid interpretation.'Ziony Zevit, The Jewish Quarterly Review, 1996.' Dieses opus magnum des Professors für "Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies" der Universität Leiden darf als die umfassendste und profundeste Untersuchung gelten, die die Familienreligion im Alten Vorderen Orient bisher gefunden hat.'Rainer Albertz, Biblica, 1997.
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Summaries
Description for Reader
Assyriologists, Biblical scholars, historians of religion, anthropologists, sociologists.
Main Description
This volume deals with the religious practices of the family in the ancient Babylonian, Syrian, and Israelite civilizations. On the basis of a wealth of documents from both the private and the literary realm, the book gives an exhaustive description and analysis of the rites of the ancestor cult and the devotion to local gods. The author demonstrates the role of these two aspects of family religion in the identity construction of its followers. The section dealing with Israel pays particular attention to the relationship between family religion and state religion. The emergence of the state religion under King Saul marked the beginning of a competition between civil and private religion. Though the two had great influence upon each other, the tension between them was never resolved. A study of their interaction proves to be a key for the understanding of the development of Israelite religion during the monarchic period.The book is of particular importance to biblical scholars, Assyriologists, and all those interested in the history of ancient Near Eastern religion.
Unpaid Annotation
This volume deals with the religious practices of the family in the ancient Babylonian, Syrian, and Israelite civilizations. On the basis of a wealth of documents from both the private and the literary realm, the book gives an exhaustive description and analysis of the rites of the ancestor cult and the devotion to local gods. The author demonstrates the role of these two aspects of family religion in the identity construction of its followers. The section dealing with Israel pays particular attention to the relationship between family religion and state religion. The emergence of the state religion under King Saul marked the beginning of a competition between civil and private religion. Though the two had great influence upon each other, the tension between them was never resolved. A study of their interaction proves to be a key for the understanding of the development of Israelite religion during the monarchic period.The book is of particular importance to biblical scholars, Assyriologists,and all those interested in the history of ancient Near Eastern religion.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Babylonia: The Forms and Functions of Family Religion
Family and Household in the Old Babylonian Societyp. 13
The Cult of the Ancestors: A Historical Focus of Identityp. 42
The Veneration of Family Gods: A Local Focus of Identityp. 66
Family Religion and the Individual: Theology and Ethicsp. 94
In Good Days and Bad Days: The Comfort of Family Religionp. 119
Syria: The Continuity of Family Religion
Family Religion in the West: Persisting Patternsp. 153
Israel: From Family Religion to Personal Devotion
Family, Household, and Clan in Early Israelite Societyp. 183
A Hidden Heritage: The Israelite Cult of the Deadp. 206
Religion before the Monarchy: The Gods of the Fathersp. 236
The People of Yahweh: Saul and the Rise of State Religionp. 266
Inventing a National Identity: The Exodus as Charter Mythp. 287
Integration and Opposition: Religion under the Omridesp. 316
In Search of New Identities: The Ephraimite Diasporap. 339
Epiloguep. 373
Abbreviations, Bibliography and Indices
Abbreviationsp. 383
Bibliographyp. 389
Indices: Akkadian and Sumerian Textsp. 450
Indices: Aramaic, Canaanite, Ugaritic, and Moabite Textsp. 459
Indices: Bible and Apocryphap. 461
Indices: Sumerian Termsp. 470
Indices: Akkadian Termsp. 471
Indices: Ugaritic Termsp. 474
Indices: Hebrew Termsp. 475
Indices: Theonymsp. 477
General Indexp. 480
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