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Yahweh and the Gods and Godesses of Canaan (JSOT Supplement) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group - Sheffie (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850759863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850759867
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Day is Professor of Old Testament Studies in the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8df1d1e0) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e216504) out of 5 stars Yahweh Was Not Alone 6 Jan. 2003
By Virgil Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Almost anyone reading this review knows that Yahweh was not the only deity in the Ancient Near East. However, if you are not Mark S. Smith, you probably cannot describe the relationship between Yahweh and these other gods and goddesses. This is what John Day's book is all about.
In regards to El, Day finds that Yahhweh and El were originally separate deities. El is portrayed in the Ugaritic texts as benevolent whereas Yahweh is sometimes a warrior, and El is not a storm god whereas Yahweh is. Though they were different, El did have an influence on Yahweh. Yahweh sometimes appears as aged and wise.
Of course El is not the only deity considered by Day. Yahweh's relationships to Baal, Asherah, Astarte, and Anat, the Sun, the Moon, and Lucifer, Mot, Resheph, Molech, and the Rephaim are all considered. Day concludes with a chapter on the rise of monotheism.
_Yahweh_ is an erudite book whose author did not write in a short period of time but who spent 25 years collecting sources. As such this book is worthy reading for *anyone* who
is interested in the religion of the ANE outside of the Bible.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e37f1e0) out of 5 stars Superb commentary on the impact of Canaanite polytheism 19 May 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
John Day's Yahweh And The Gods And Goddesses Of Canaan is impressive, scholarly, the product of meticulous research, and an essential, core title for any serious personal, professional, or academic reference collection or reading list on the subject of Canaanite religion and mythology on the development of Israel and the Old Testament literature. Day examines in detail the relationship between the Yahweh and the leading gods of Canaan including El, Baal, Asherah, Astarte, Anat, the astral deities (Sun, Moon, Lucifer), and the underworld deities (Mot, Resheph, Molech, the Rephaim). Of special note is Day's superb commentary on the impact of Canaanite polytheism on the development of Israelite monotheism. Very highly recommended.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8df7c5b0) out of 5 stars A Gem Amongst the Pebbles Regardign Old Testament Study 28 Oct. 2011
By Gnostic Seeker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a must own for anyone interested in early Judaic thoughts and concepts regarding Yahweh and how the relationship between the Israelites and their neighbors the Canaanites left a profound effect not only on the concept of Yahweh but many other aspects of early Judaic belief/s.
The title of the book kind of says it all regarding what the subject matter entails. It shows the dramatic similarities between Yahweh and the Canaanite god El, as well as gets into detail regarding Yahweh's relationships with Baal, Asherah, as well as astral deities such as Lucifer and underworld deities such as Molech, Mot, and the Rephaim. And concludes with a brilliant chapter regarding the rise of monotheism.

This book is very complex and painstakingly thourough. So keep that in mind when considering purchasing this book. It is not meant to be an easy read (although the author does an excellent job of breaking everything down), but is rather a very comprehensive study book. This book belongs in the hands anyone seriously interested in a religious study or anyone in general interested in understanding specifically the primitive belief systems regarding the Canaanites and the Israelites, and the break to early monotheism. But I also highly recommend this book for anyone interested in cultural anthropologist as well that may have an interest in understanding these peoples ancient belief systems.

Happy reading.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dabb630) out of 5 stars Dry, but very interesting! 20 Feb. 2014
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
John Day does not beat around the bush with florid writing! From the very first sentence he is summarizing and interpreting the work of a centuries worth of bible scholars. This work is not a narrative or a history, as such, but a compilation or summary of the influences that ancient Canaanite religion had on the beliefs of the earliest Hebrews, from El and Baal to Moon and Sun cults.

It's hard to find a page that doesn't have it's bottom third dedicated to references. If nothing else, this book is well researched, but it may be hard for the casual reader to appreciate.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ddd2a20) out of 5 stars Kindle version is messed up and only a few pages or 50$ total waste 30 Aug. 2013
By peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this review is for the kindle version which is total garbage
over 5 years this book has been 40$ + will it ever come down? will someone make a kindle version of it?
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bought the kindle version Warning don't do it! the kindle version is messed up its just 40 or so pages and in not in any order and its a total mess. as in half the book is missing in the kindle version. DON'T BUY THE KINDLE VERSION YOU WILL WASTE YOUR MONEY .
who ever made the kindle version is charging 50 bucks for it. & didn't finish the job and put the pages in random order.
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