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Bibil Identifier bibil:221051
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Clash of Cults on Mount Carmel: Do Archeological Records and Historical Documents Support the Biblical Episode of Elijah and the Baʿal Priests?
Author Rusak, Tal
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 29-46 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract I investigate the clash of cults between the biblical followers of YHWH and the alleged supporters of Ba'al, as described in 1 Kings 18 of the Hebrew Bible. This research includes an examination of sources used to study the biblical account from an analytical and critical viewpoint. I then discuss the plausibility and sensibility of the story as described in the bible when compared to extra-biblical evidence and known artifacts from the period. A geographical analysis is also included to put the account into a correct context and to allow readers to draw conclusions about the impact of geography on the history and development of the ancient Israelite society and its neighbors. The conclusions drawn shed light on this very civilization, on its competing and diverging cults, and on the authors whose records of the period have remained to this day.
DOI 10.1080/09018320802185002
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Baal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Divided Monarchy (933-587) : From the Separation to about the 8th cent. : Israel (From the Separation to Jehoahaz 803) : Omri and Ahab
Pericopes 1 Kings 18
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