Throughout their history, the Israelites lived in the midst of peoples who worshipped multiple gods and goddesses. What parallels existed between their neighbour’s religions and their own, and how did they progress from polytheism to the monotheism for which they are known? What, if any, is the relationship between El, Baal, Asherah, and others, and the development of belief in God of Israel?
In What Are They Saying About Ancient Israel Religion? John L. McLaughlin examines the current literature on the development of Israelite monotheism in relationship to the beliefs of other peoples in the ancient Middle East.
About the Author
John L. McLaughlin is associate professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and an associate member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.