God in Context: Selected Essays on Society and Religion in the Early Middle East
van der Toorn, Karel
TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xiv + 380. $188.00
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 123
Description: In this work, Karel van der Toorn explores the social setting, the intellectual milieu, and the historical context of the beliefs and practices reflected in the Hebrew Bible. While fully recognizing the unique character of early Israelite religion, the author challenges the notion of its incomparability. Beliefs are anchored in culture. Rituals have societal significance. God has a history. By shifting the focus to the context, the essays gathered here yield a deeper understanding of Israelite religion and the origins of the Bible.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches
Review by Lester L. Grabbe
Citation: Lester L. Grabbe, review of Karel van der Toorn, God in Context: Selected Essays on Society and Religion in the Early Middle East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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