[b-hebrew] Linguistic, historical, cultural origins of yahweh
atdgz at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 3 14:10:00 EST 2008
To Uri and the other respondents-- Thank you!
While it looks as a whole lot of resources if not suggested research I am wondering whether those who suggested books could also direct me to the ones that deal more with the very origin of the name.
To my understanding there is less than a handful of references to the name in extra-biblical sources in the late bronze age or Iron Age. I wonder also whether it bears any characteristics that would associate it with a semitic language.
Does any of the suggested books touch on those issues?
> Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:55:03 -0800
> From: uhurwitz at yahoo.com
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [b-hebrew] Linguistic, historical, cultural origins of yahweh
> 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".
> GEORGE ATHAS
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