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Reflection of the Transition to Agriculture in Israelite Religion and Cult

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This chapter starts from the assumption that the transition to agriculture, namely the production of most sources of sustenance of the country's inhabitants by working the land, occurred at a relatively early stage of the formation of Israel as a nation. It illustrates how the transition to agriculture influenced Israelite religion and ritual in such matters as festivals, place of ritual, sacrifices and offerings, and the like. Cultic changes influenced by the transition to agriculture may perhaps account for the building of the altar to God on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite by David, who bought it for this purpose. Typical agricultural products of the country, known as the seven kinds, "a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey", first appear in the account of the promised land only in Deuteronomy.

Keywords: agriculture; cultic changes; Israeite religion



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