[b-hebrew] Linguistic, historical, cultural origins of yahweh
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 3 12:55:03 EST 2008
In addition to the useful titles listed by George below, let me
add: "The Rise of Yahwism" by Johannes De Moor (2nd ed.).
He follows an independent path and, in my view,
this work is indispensable to any serious study of the subject.
Uri Hurwitz Great Neck, NY
The emergence of Yahweh as a deity is generally associated with
southern localities, such as Edom, Midian, and Teyman, all of which
are in southern Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia. This might be what
is preserved in texts which talk about Yahweh coming from the south.
And, as Yigal has already mentioned, Yahweh came to be the patron
deity of both Israel and Judah.
Some good resources to consult on this issue include the books by
Mark Smith: "The Early History of God" and "Memoirs of God".
You could also try Richard Hess' work, "Israelite Religions",
and even the older title edited by Diana Edelman, "Triumph of Elohim".
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