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Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel

Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel (New)

by Olyan, Saul M

Publisher: Society Biblical Literature

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9781555402549, 1555402542


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This volume provides a thorough and up-to-date analysis of the evidence pertaining to Asherah and her cult symbol in the Israelite religion of the monarchic era. Beginning with a review of all references and alleged references to Asherah in the Hebrew Bible, successive chapters examine epigraphic and archaeological data from Israel and from Canaanite religion. A critical survey of recent scholarship on Asherah is also included.

“In a balanced and comprehensive manner, the present monograph presents an analysis of ‘the Asherah,’ both as a goddess and as cultic symbol, within the context of the Yahwistic cultus of the monarchic period. The thesis of the work is clearly presented and maintained throughout: ‘that the asherah was a legitimate part of the cult of Yahweh both in the north and in the south, in state religion and in popular religion, finding opposition in deuteronomistic circles’ (p. 13). … This monograph presents a focused treatment of a significant topic for the reconstruction of Israelite national religion for the period of the monarchy. It presents a synthesis of the major positions with respect to the role and function of the asherah in Israelite religion, and, as such, represents an excellent introduction to the problems addressed.” -- E. Theodore Mullen Jr., Journal of Biblical Literature

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