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Religion & Culture in Ancient Israel
J. Andrew Dearman
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It is axiomatic to any study of religion and culture that culture shapes religion and religion shapes culture. This is no less true in the ancient Near Eastern world for the nation of Israel. In Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel, J. Andrew Dearman explores this dynamic interplay in the religion and religious practices of Israel. For anyone wanting to study the living religion of Israel and the culture that it shaped and by which it was itself shaped, Dearman offers a cogent, sane, and thought-provoking inquiry.
"Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel by J. Andrew Dearman is the comprehensive study of religious forms and customs that has been needed by the discipline for many years. . . . Dearman's work is a mixture of traditional and social scientific examinations of the world of ancient Israel and its social matrix. From its opening use of Clifford Geertz' definition of 'religion,' a tone is set, but not one that 'over interprets' the available sources. There is no parallelomania here, no exaggeration of archaeological data, no theological agenda, and no attempt to rehash Albright or Gottwald. Instead, Dearman provides a fresh approach, geared to both a historical and a literary examination of religious forms and phenomena in ancient Israel. . . . The goal of any textbook is to provide (1) information in a systematic manner and (2) to hold the interest of the reader so that the author's message gets across to his or her audience. Dearman has succeeded well with both of these."
Victor Matthews, Professor of Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University
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About the Author
J. Andrew Dearman is associate professor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Seminary in Austin, Texas.
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