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Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic: Essays in the History of the Religion of Israel Paperback – August 8, 1997
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The essays in this study are all written with the complementary breadth of scope and attention to detail characteristic of Cross; each one is stimulating and several are a mine of information beyond the confines of the essay's topic. (Bezalel Porten Journal of the American Academy of Religion)
Deserves to be read carefully and to be digested slowly...[This] book is full of fertile and productive theories. (P. Wernberg-Moller Journal of Jewish Studies)
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The book is radical in that Cross isolates themes and expressions derived from Canaanite mythology, particularly from mid-2nd millenium tablets found at Ugarit, written in an alphabetic script. He delves deeply into the names, titles and attributes of God, as well as into various sources which were united in the Bible as we now know it. "The Song of the Sea" rates a special chapter in which Cross demonstrates the independence of the poem from the story that surrounds it. He also reconstructs archaic precursor poems to various Biblical texts.
The book is challenging in that it is quite difficult and detailed. When I got started reading "Canaanite Myth..." 6 months ago, I quickly realized I didn't know enough to read it, so I took a few months to acquaint myself with the rudiments of Hebrew and middle-Eastern archaeology. Hebrew text, transliterations of Ugaritic, discussions of etymology and usage, sources of scribal error, and so on, using technical terms are the stuff of the volume, so it's not nearly as simple or neat as a least one of the other reviewers has suggested.Read more ›
In order to fully appreciate this book you will need a solid grounding in Biblical Hebrew grammar, ancient Near Eastern history and mythology, and Biblical literature. Some of his discussions get extremely technical regarding paleography, epigraphy, and West Semitic grammar.
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A very informative and well-researched book. Only an ignorant fool would say otherwise.Published 10 days ago by Christopher M. Nilsson
Fine scholarship showing the Canaanite roots of biblical Israelite religion.Published 2 months ago by DANIEL M ZUCKER
perfect timing and condition; learned and detailed commentary, for those who regard hebrew scriptures as one of the greatest
achievements of the ancient world transmitted... Read more
This is one of the premier books on Ancient Near East religions and is regularly cited in scholarly works. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Carl R. Peterson
I have an idea I am pursuing about ancient pagan myths and the Hebrew Bible, and this book seemed like a good resource to help my research. It was a good resource. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod
The author gives a good look at the religion of the Israel, it's resemblances with the religions of neighbors folks, it's process of transformation and the tragick result.Published on February 23, 2011 by Roberto Quintas
I bought this book because I am totally ignorant about the history of this area. I found it very interesting, but am not adequate to the task of reviewing the information. Read morePublished on April 26, 2009 by K. L. Callis
This book is overburdened with pointers to other works which may not be familiar to the reader. It is also very poor on drawing conclusions from the bewildering amount of... Read morePublished on December 30, 2007 by Graeme S. Cartledge