Bible Review 12:3, June 1996

Bible Books

The Many Forms of Israelite Religion

A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period
Volume 1: From the Beginnings to the End of the Monarchy
Volume 2: From the Exile to the Maccabees

Rainer Albertz (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994) 725 pp., $32.00 (each)

The scope of this work is staggering. It is little wonder that Albertz received the 1995 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award for one of the two best books relating to the Old Testament. At the same time, this work is not for the timid. It assumes that readers are familiar with the field and its basic terminology. This may not be the best book to convey the arcane world of biblical studies to the interested public, yet, if ever there was a work that repays a close and arduous reading, this is it.

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