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Archaeology and the Religion of Israel (Otl) (The Old Testament Library) Paperback – September 1, 2006

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William Foxwell Albright was one of the world's foremost biblical archaeologists. He was Professor of Semitic Languages at Johns Hopkins Univeristy and Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Old Testament Library
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780664227425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664227425
  • ASIN: 0664227422
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Bess on August 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a supplement to the material treating Israelite religion in Albright's more famous From The Stone Age To Christianity - Monotheism And The Historical Process. Albright says his purpose 'is nothing less than the ultimate reconstruction, as far as possible, of the route which our cultural ancestors traversed in order to reach Judaeo-Christian heights of spiritual insight and ethical monotheism' (4). And he meant it, with emphasis on the 'Judaeo-Christian heights' bit. The evolutionary developments are traced, but key to the focus are the contrasts between the nobilities of Yahwism and the profligate religions of other ANE cultures. These are typical sorts of romantic statements:

'The most exalted emotional experiences known to man, the experiences of religious conversion and mystical union with God, are unknown in the ancient Near East outside of Israel' (24)

'But the God of Israel was so far superior to the gods of the pagans, both conceptually and ethically' (94)

'No other great religion of the past can compete with Judaeo-Christianity as a phenomenon of historical order' (176)

The 5 chapters run the following outline:

1. 'Archaeology and the Ancient Near-Eastern Mind'

Albright discusses the importance of ANE archaeology for the history of religions and 3 facets of human psychology. In the first of these he descants ancient aesthetics in art forms: graphical, musical, poetical, concluding that Israelite poetry in particular is 'curiously modern' and the exemplary ancient medium of spiritual values. The next deals with archaeology and human emotion & spirituality.
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In terms of the content, though the item is a reprint of quite an old one, it has been updated by a new forward, which is very helpful indeed.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jake on December 16, 2013
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The incredibly brilliant Dr Albright addresses the fascinating ancient history of Israel and the surrounding areas. Many people think that the Old Testament accounts are unreliable due to their age. Although not a believer in the "inerrancy" of the Bible, this authority figure of archaeology said "no finding of ancient Israel has ever contradicted the biblical record." People that speak to the contrary are generally not nearly as qualified as this man.
Very interesting read.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schaller on February 14, 2013
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I have just perused a few parts of the book. It was recommended by another commentary, and sounded interesting, so I added it to my library. Thus far, it's been what i expected.
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