The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (The Biblical Resource Series) (2nd Edition)
Foreword by Patrick D. MillerIn this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development ofmonotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel's religion evolvedfrom a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fullydefined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating thetraditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in cultureand religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative bookargues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, fromthe religion of Canaan. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeologicalsources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion wasnot an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, wasthe result of the progressive establishment of a distinctlyseparate Israelite identity. This thoroughly revised second editionofThe Early History of God includes a substantial new preface bythe author and a foreword by Patrick D. Miller.