Religion in Ancient IsraelJan 17 2008

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Religion in Ancient Israel Jan 17 2008 Ancient Near Eastern Religious o It is essential for the biblical interpreter to be aware of the astonishing range of ancient Near Eastern texts that have a bearing both on the history recounted or presupposed in the Hebrew bible and on virtually the entire spectrum of the biblical genres and topics (Gottwald) o Gottwalds table is meant to show that not only did Israel participate in a common geographical and historical world but also in a common literary and religiocultural world o A lot of g-ds in Mesopotamia Mesopotamian G-ds o Many g-ds o The gods had wives and children and so there were a lot of gods o In the Sumerian era, every city had its own pantheon, that is its chief god and a series of secondary gods (often wife and kids of the main gods) o The gods lived like the royal family they were wealthy and were served by their subjects (divine and human) o They have kids they eat, drink and even fight each other o
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