There are two lsraels. One Israel was theological, legendary, and
mythological. This was (and is) the Israel of the Bible. The other
Israel is the Israel which produced the Bible. How and why should
we distinguish between the two? This is the subject of William J.
Doorly's provocative new work.
Using literary analysis, the author presents the history of
religious practices in chronological order, beginning with the
emergence of Israel in the Highlands of Canaan (late 13th century
B.C.E.) and continuing into the exile. Using the Hebrew Bible as a
primary source, he identifies idealized concepts concerning
Israel's past and corrects them for the purpose of obtaining a true
historical perspective. Readers will come to understand that the
foundations of both Judaism and Christianity emerged as a reaction
to popular and official forms of Canaanite religious practice which
have passed away.
Comprehensive in scope, accessible in style as well as
informative and valuable to those without a knowledge of Hebrew,
this outstanding work will appeal to general readers, Bible
scholars, students and religious professionals, who will find that
it helps them read the Hebrew Bible more effectively and
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