Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic: Essays in the History of the Religion of Israel

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Overview

You go into teaching with high hopes: to inspire students, to motivate them to learn, to help them love your subject. Then you find yourself facing a crowd of expectant faces on the first day of the first semester, and you think “Now what do I do?”

Practical and lively, On Course is full of experience-tested, research-based advice for graduate students and new teaching faculty. It provides a range of innovative and traditional strategies that work well without requiring extensive preparation or long grading sessions when you’re trying to meet your own demanding research and service requirements. What do you put on the syllabus? How do you balance lectures with group assignments or discussions—and how do you get a dialogue going when the students won’t participate? What grading system is fairest and most efficient for your class? Should you post lecture notes on a website? How do you prevent cheating, and what do you do if it occurs? How can you help the student with serious personal problems without becoming overly involved? And what do you do about the student who won’t turn off his cell phone?

Packed with anecdotes and concrete suggestions, this book will keep both inexperienced and veteran teachers on course as they navigate the calms and storms of classroom life.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Cross's classic work is...an essential element in the armory of any serious biblical scholar...If you haven't got it, get it! It is profound, definitive, and wonderfully readable.
— J. Harold Ellens

Journal of the American Academy of Religion

The essays in this study are all written with the complementary breadth of scope and attention to detail characteristic of Cross; each one is stimulating and several are a mine of information beyond the confines of the essay's topic.
— Bezalel Porten

Journal of Jewish Studies

Deserves to be read carefully and to be digested slowly...[This] book is full of fertile and productive theories.
— P. Wernberg-Moller

Journal of Psychology and Christianity - J. Harold Ellens
Cross's classic work is...an essential element in the armory of any serious biblical scholar...If you haven't got it, get it! It is profound, definitive, and wonderfully readable.
Journal of the American Academy of Religion - Bezalel Porten
The essays in this study are all written with the complementary breadth of scope and attention to detail characteristic of Cross; each one is stimulating and several are a mine of information beyond the confines of the essay's topic.
Journal of Jewish Studies - P. Wernberg-Moller
Deserves to be read carefully and to be digested slowly...[This] book is full of fertile and productive theories.
Journal of Jewish Studies
Deserves to be read carefully and to be digested slowly...[This] book is full of fertile and productive theories.
— P. Wernberg-Moller
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
The essays in this study are all written with the complementary breadth of scope and attention to detail characteristic of Cross; each one is stimulating and several are a mine of information beyond the confines of the essay's topic.
— Bezalel Porten
Journal of Psychology and Christianity
Cross's classic work is...an essential element in the armory of any serious biblical scholar...If you haven't got it, get it! It is profound, definitive, and wonderfully readable.
— J. Harold Ellens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674091764
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,562,830
  • Product dimensions: 0.82 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Moore Cross is Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Emeritus, Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

The Religion of Canaan and the God of Israel

The God of the Fathers

'El and the God of the Fathers

'El in the Ugaritic Pantheon

The Epithets of 'El

'El in the Canaanite Myth

'El and Ba'l Hamon

The Abode of 'El

'El the Divine Patriarch

Yahweh and 'El

'El in the Bible

'El Epithets in Patriarchal Narratives

The Name Yahweh

The Cultus of the Israelite League

Prolegomena

The Myth and Ritual School

The History-of- Redemption School

The Divine Warrior

Psalm 24 and the Warrior-King

The "Ritual Conquest"

Transformations of the "Ritual Conquest"

The Song of the Sea and Canaanite Myth

The Mythic Cycle of Ba'l and 'Anat

The Song of the Sea

League and Kingdom

Yahweh and Ba'I

The Theophany of Ba'l

The Storm Theophany in the Bible

The Revelation at Sinai

History of the Tradition of the Storm Theophany

'El's Modes of Revelation

Yahweh and the Council of the Gods

Ba'l versus Yahweh

The Priestly Houses of Early Israel

The Classical View of Israel's Early Priesthood

The Function of the Stories of Conflict

The Priestly Genealogies

The Priests of David's National Shrine

Kings and Prophets

The Ideologies of Kingship in the Era of the Empire: Conditional Covenant and Eternal Decree

The Limited Monarchy of Saul and Monarchy in the Northern Kingdom

Davidic Kingship

The Imperial Rule of Solomon

The Judaean Royal Theology

The Typology of the Royal Ideology

A Brief Excursus on berit, "Covenant"

The Themes of the Book of Kings and the Structure of the Deuteronomistic History

The Contemporary Discussion of the Structure of the Deuteronornistic History

The Two Themes of the First Edition of the Deuteronomistic History (Dtr1)

The Theme of the Exilic Edition of the History (Dtr2)

The Two Editions of the Deuteronomistic History

Exile and Apocalyptic

The Priestly Work

The So-Called P-Source of the Pentateuch

The P System of Covenants

Is P a Narrative Source?

Documents Used by P

Archaizing Language in P

The Date of P

The Composition of the Priestly Work

The Early History of the Apocalyptic Community at Qumrân

The Archaeological Context of the Qumrân

Qumrân and the Essenes

The Essenes: Priestly Apocalyptists Essene Origins

A Note on the Study of Apocalyptic Origins

Index of Biblical Citations

Index of Ugaritic Citations

Index of Technical Terms

Index of Authors

General Index

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