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Bibil Identifier bibil:247780
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel
Title (English, ) Continuity and Change in the Forms of Religious Life
Author van der Toorn, Karel
Series Studies in the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East (Volume: 7)
Year (Publication) 1996
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 1996
Year (Copyright) 1996
Year (Reference) 1996
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 45067
Place 22:931.21
Publishing house SBL Press
Place Atlanta
ISBN 978-1-62837-168-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages vii Pages
491 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract This volume deals with the religious practices of the family in the ancient Babylonian, Syrian, and Israelite civilizations. On the basis of a wealth of documents from both the private and the literary realm, the book gives an exhaustive description and analysis of the rites of the ancestor cult and the devotion to local gods. The author demonstrates the role of these two aspects of family religion in the identity construction of its followers. The section dealing with Israel pays particular attention to the relationship between family religion and state religion. The emergence of the state religion under King Saul marked the beginning of a competition between civil and private religion. Though the two had great influence upon each other, the tension between them was never resolved. A study of their interaction proves to be a key for the understanding of the development of Israelite religion during the monarchic period.
The book is of particular importance to biblical scholars, Assyriologists, and all those interested in the history of ancient Near Eastern religion.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Family
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Babylon : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Syria : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Worship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel
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