Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BBR 23:4 (2013) p. 565
Rainer Albertz and Rüdiger Schmitt. Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns,
This volume represents a comprehensive catalog and interpretation of relevant materials and texts from the land of Israel and its neighbors. The authors use this material to recreate the domestic religion of Iron Age Israel (ca.
In the introduction, the authors review previous work on family religion. Earlier studies assumed the communal or collective nature of the biblical world view and made little or no attempt to highlight the nuclear family, much less the individual. More recent work has distinguished family cult from larger categories of national, village, or even clan-based religious practices. Family religion, especially matters such as infant circumcision, Sabbath keeping, and diet, became the means by which religious expression forged emergent Judaism.
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