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One God – One Cult – One Nation: Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives
Kratz, Reinhard G. and Hermann Spieckermann, editors

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010 pp. xix + 463. $150.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 405


Description: Recent archaeological and biblical research challenges the traditional view of the history of ancient Israel. This book presents the latest findings of both academic disciplines regarding the United Monarchy of David and Solomon (‛One Nation’) and the cult reform under Josiah (‛One Cult’), raising the issue of fact versus fiction. The political and cultural interrelations in the Near East are illustrated on the example of the ancient city of Beth She'an/Scythopolis and are discussed as to their significance for the transformation in the conception of God (‛One God’). The volume contains 17 contributions by internationally eminent scholars from Israel, Finland and Germany.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Aren Maeir
Published 10/4/2012
Citation: Aren Maeir, review of Reinhard G. Kratz and Hermann Spieckermann, eds., One God – One Cult – One Nation: Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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