Religion in the Ancient Near East: From Polytheism to the origins of Monotheism
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Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East

Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East
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This article is an insight into the religious practices of the people of the Ancient Near East and trying to use archaeological evidence to determine the ritual purpose of sacrifice in this culture, or if there even was any religious purpose to it. The source was partially written and wholly edited by Glenn Schwartz and Anne Porter, with numerous other contributing authors to specific sections in the work.

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Questions about Monotheism in Ancient Israel: Between Archaeology and Texts

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This text draws a relationship between historical context and the ability of archaeological evidence to clarify on these topics. It draws the emergence of monotheism in Ancient Israel and connects the textual context of religious practices in the region with archaeology that has been discovered to support these findings. It uses two specific examples to draw evidence from: the Assyrian Campaign and the Arad Temple and Massebot. It is written by Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, who is an accredited archaeologist and professor of Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology.

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Mesopotamian Religion

Mesopotamian Religion | Religion in the Ancient Near East: From Polytheism to the origins of Monotheism | Scoop.it
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This online article provides a very expansive overview of the religious culture in Mesopotamia. The article offers insight as to the relationship between state, religious institutions, and the people of this time, and also their ritualistic practices. The article was published by the University of Oxford and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative.

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Archeology of the Hebrew Bible

Archeology of the Hebrew Bible | Religion in the Ancient Near East: From Polytheism to the origins of Monotheism | Scoop.it
Renowned archeologist William Dever says that attempts to "prove the Bible" are misguided.
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This article is actually an interview with a dedicated biblical archaeologist, William Dever, who was been studying archaeology of the Near East for 30 years. In the interview he goes into deep analysis of the archaeological factuality of biblical context and also expresses clear evidence that archaeology can explain what happened at what time but not prove any theological undertakings, giving a clearer picture of what happened during the tumultuous biblical times. It offers exemplary insight into the beginnings of monotheism in the area and great archaeological references to explain the culture of the times. It was published online by Nova, a scientific television series, and also by its sponsor PBS.

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