Human Origins and Role
Baker Academic, pages plus and appendix listing Ancient Near Eastern gods.
I like some books because they are rich and satisfying. I like some books because they challenge and goad me. I like some books because they explain in far greater detail or provide the evidence for what I already intuitively believe to be true.
I like some books because when I finish with them I consider myself to be a wiser, or at least more knowledgable person. This book by John Walton elevates each of those reasons to heights I rarely experience. In phraseology of common digital conversation, My.
Many books written on subjects as esoteric as Ancient Near Eastern ANE thought can be, and are, so specialized that they are virtually opaque to the average reader. Thankfully, this is NOT one of those books. However, the remaining sections of the book and the first, for that matter are simply wonderful in terms of content, ease-of-reading, and application.
A couple of disclaimers are appropriate: Second, if you are looking for a book that proves the Old Testament has nothing in common with ANE literature, you will be horribly disappointed. What Walton sets out to do, and in my opinion accomplishes with great success, is to demonstrate both the similarities and differences between the Old Testament and ANE thought.
Here the reader must take careful notice of the title: What Walton demonstrates is that while there are marked differences between Israelite culture and the surrounding nations, the authors of the Old Testament were fully aware of the thought world in which they existed, and that this familiarity shows up in in the text of the Old Testament.
By more fully understanding the conceptual thought world of the ANE, both the similarities and the differences between the pagan cultures and the Israelites becomes more explicit.
Walton devotes the majority of each chapter to the thought world of the ANE hence, the title of the book.
However, within each chapter he pauses to draw attention to a specific aspect of the Old Testament that has a bearing on the subject at hand. I have honestly rarely been so engrossed in a technical book to the point that I did not want to put it down, and actually looked forward to continue my reading.
Maybe I am a nut okay, that point is not up for debatebut this book was just that good. If I was an instructor in a course of Old Testament study, this book would be mandatory reading.
Do not be put off by the technical nature of the subject. This book is easily understandable. I so wish I had this material presented to me when I was either in my undergraduate or graduate studies. But, I am thankful I have it now, and I plan on making further examination of this material a point of emphasis in my continued growth in biblical studies.Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible) Introduction Using contemporary studies as the foundation of his research John Walton reviews the ancient and Near Eastern and Israelite cognitive context.
John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near kaja-net.com surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world/5(6). Eleven mummies and several papyri were discovered near the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes by Antonio Lebolo between and Following Lebolo's death in , the mummies and assorted objects were sent to New York with instructions that they should be sold in order to benefit the bereft heirs of Lebolo.
Michael H. Chandler eventually purchased the mummies and artifacts and began. In his book, entitled Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts, John Walton gives several similarities and differences between Yahweh and other Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) gods.
As for the similarities, Walton explains that wisdom was one of the most common attributes of the ANE gods. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East. Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world.5/5(4).
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