199)--an interesting argument about the nature of Priestly religion and one that works at the rhetorical level in P, but one that also needs to be placed within a larger discussion of the development of ancient Israelite religion (not just that of other ancient Near Eastern religions
) and the place of P within it.
(28) The point is not that ancient Near Eastern religions
did not have examples of purpose, of accountability, of security, and even of exclusivity.
To augment two volumes of collected papers published in 2005, Wyatt (emeritus ancient near eastern religions
, U of Edinburgh) has selected, in some cases finished, six more.
Smith, a profoundly unfortunate omission in light of Smith's important work on the motifs of cosmic order, purity, and kingship in Ancient Near Eastern religions
Deep ecologists identify ancient Near Eastern religions
, Christianity, and the scientific worldview as fostering a mindset that seeks to dominate nature.
For him the most distinctive and influential feature of Israelite prophecy was the voicing of social and political dissent by certain individual prophets--a phenomenon unheard of and even unthinkable in other ancient Near Eastern religions
. Israelite prophecy first appeared among landless individuals on the margins of society, particularly at times of crisis or social unrest such as the Philistine menace and the Syrian wars of the ninth century, when they seem to have been concerned to give encouragement to a society under pressure.
Lynch, "The Prophet's sartum u sissiktum ...," Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions
13 : 11-29.) Stokl thinks cultic prophecy in the sense of temple employees giving divine oracles is not attested.
In order to provide biblical students and others with basic information, Nigosian (biblical and Near Eastern religions
His emphasis on understanding ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern religions
as they were conceived by their own adherents greatly influenced the next generation of historians of religion in Holland.
Integrating oral poetic studies, ritual theories, and the oath-making rituals and rhetoric found in surrounding cultures, Kitts (Near Eastern religions
, Iowa State U.) explores oath-sacrifice as ritual killing in Homer's ancient Greek epic.
It should be mentioned that a long article by Bradley Crowell, "The Development of Dagan: A Sketch," Journal of Near Eastern Religions
1 (2001): 32-83, which appeared too late to be taken into full account by Feliu (4 n.
He concludes that "The world of ancient Near Eastern religions
actually knew a number of deities that may be properly described as dying and rising gods" (p.