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The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism (review)

The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism (review) The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism (review) Ziony Zevit Hebrew Studies, Volume 49, 2008, pp. 331-333 (Review) Published by National Association of Professors of Hebrew DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/hbr.2008.0003 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/439557/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 04:34 GMT from JHU Libraries Hebrew Studies 49 (2008) 331 Reviews Christianity, medieval Jewish culture, and Mizrahi Judaism in particular re- ceive less attention than ideal. Furthermore, the sociological approach and emphasis on intellectual history and key (male) historical figures results in a neglect of cultural and anthropological material. Finally, while Satlow expli- cates a certain quantity of important primary sources in each chapter, a course based on this book would need significant supplementation. As a textbook, however, the volume is sufficiently slender that its use would allow—or, rather, require—instructors to supplement Satlow’s presentation of Judaism with more detailed presentations of specific primary texts, approaches, and topics, according to individual preferences. In general, the chapters of the book cohere around Satlow’s thesis, which is in and of itself engaging and thought provoking for undergraduates. The author’s combination of a sociological approach and intellectual history promises to engage students at a sophisticated level, and in a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism (review)

Hebrew Studies , Volume 49 – Oct 5, 2011

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The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism (review) Ziony Zevit Hebrew Studies, Volume 49, 2008, pp. 331-333 (Review) Published by National Association of Professors of Hebrew DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/hbr.2008.0003 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/439557/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 04:34 GMT from JHU Libraries Hebrew Studies 49 (2008) 331 Reviews Christianity, medieval Jewish culture, and Mizrahi Judaism in particular re- ceive less attention than ideal. Furthermore, the sociological approach and emphasis on intellectual history and key (male) historical figures results in a neglect of cultural and anthropological material. Finally, while Satlow expli- cates a certain quantity of important primary sources in each chapter, a course based on this book would need significant supplementation. As a textbook, however, the volume is sufficiently slender that its use would allow—or, rather, require—instructors to supplement Satlow’s presentation of Judaism with more detailed presentations of specific primary texts, approaches, and topics, according to individual preferences. In general, the chapters of the book cohere around Satlow’s thesis, which is in and of itself engaging and thought provoking for undergraduates. The author’s combination of a sociological approach and intellectual history promises to engage students at a sophisticated level, and in a

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Published: Oct 5, 2011

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