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N.P. LEMCHE, The development of the Israelite religion in the light of recent studies on the early history of lsrael

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In the case of Israel's conquest of Canaan it is from a scholarly point of view highly questionable to maintain anything which even remotely resembles the Old Testament narratives. Since this is the case, the description of the religious development of Yahwism which is based on this notion has no historical foundation at all. it would be ironical if the so-called "Moses-group" brought a monotheistic faith with it to Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age, and the outcome of this act was that a religious requisite attributed to the leader of this very group, the famous Nehushtan, was removed from Yahweh's temple many centuries later to be totally destroyed during a presumably monotheistic reformation of the cult (2 Kgs xviii 3). The author says: so much for the presumed original Israelite monotheism.

Keywords: Canaan; Iron Age; Israelite Religion; Old Testament; Yahweh



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