The essays in this volume address key aspects of Israelite religious development. Frank Moore Cross traces the continuities between early Israelite religion and the Canaanite culture from which it emerged; explores the tension between the mythic and the historical in Israel’s religious expression; and examines the reemergence of Canaanite mythic material in the apocalypticism of early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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.
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.
Deserves to be read carefully and to be digested slowly… [This] book is full of fertile and productive theories.
Frank Moore Cross was Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Emeritus, Harvard University.