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The Sanctuary of Bethel and the Configuration of Israelite Identity

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After Jerusalem, Bethel is the most frequently cited sanctuary in the Hebrew Bible. The book offers a detailed analysis of Bethel and its sanctuary from archaeological and biblical evidence. It reconstructs the history of Bethel and by analysing the presence of pro- and anti-Bethel propaganda, it argues that the latter, with its own pro-Jerusalem/Judah bias, has resulted in an unfair denigration of Bethel as an idolatrous place of worship. The study suggests that Bethel was a legitimate Yahwistic shrine and continued to be ...

The Sanctuary of Bethel and the Configuration of Israelite Identity 2006, de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston

ISBN-13: 9783110189933

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