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Gösta Werner Ahlström

Aspects of syncretism in Israelite religion ...

by Gösta Werner Ahlström

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Published by Gleerup in Lund .
Written in English


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Statementtransl. by Eric J. Sharpe.
SeriesHorae Soederblomianae -- 5
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Open LibraryOL20116320M

religious syncretism, or the merging of different religious beliefs into one system. The whole world seemed to believe that all roads led to heaven and no single group had the right to claim an exclusive handle on truth. Yet ancient Israelite Yahwism was by definition exclusive. National Israel had failed b/c of its unwillingness to worship. After Samson's death, the book portrays an Israel in decline, beginning in Chapter 17 with the story of Micah and his molten image dedicated to the Lord. Another example of the syncretism of Israelite religion, Micah worships the Lord but he does so through building a graven image and consecrating a Levite as a priest to serve it.

Syncretism (/ ˈ s ɪ ŋ k r ə t ɪ z əm /) is the combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of tism involves the merging or assimilation of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Deuteronomy In verse 1, we see how God regarded Israel. Moses wrote Deuteronomy at the end of Israel's wandering in the wilderness, forty years after their release from Egypt. After spending many generations under Egyptian rule, the Israelites had absorbed certain aspects of Egyptian culture as their own, and many of these were wrong.

And the same concerns about religious syncretism and false prophets can be found in the New Testament. Let me here just offer two very quick examples, as found in the book of Acts. In Acts we learn about the false prophet Elymas who was blinded by God as judgment on his activities, which were “perverting the right ways of the Lord. Syncretism could possibly describe other fields, like philosophy, but scholars use it almost exclusively in religious contexts. Syncretize, the verb form of the word, is very revealing. It means "to attempt to unite and harmonize especially without critical examination or logical unity.".


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Among the many books on Israelite religion, M. Smith has written one of the more provoking and also more fascinating.

It is free from the tendency (conscious or unconscious) toward making the religion of Israel Jewish or Christian, which tendency often pervades the so-called theologies of the Old Testament. In reading Smith's book, one must.

Long a fascinating but problematic category of religious studies, "syncretism" is an elastic term that describes a wide range of practices characterized by the mixing or overlap of traditions. Syncretism in Religion offers the student a broad selection of essays, both classical contributions to the study of syncretism and new essays commissioned especially for this Aspects of syncretism in Israelite religion.

book 1. The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches by "This volume is a well-researched and referenced account of aspects of Israelite religion which is prefaced with a useful survey of the current methods of reading the Old Testament historically." —Theological Book Cited by: "Syncretism, refers to the mixing of different religious traditions whether as active, ongoing process or as historical fact.

In the present era of displacement, migration and generally increasing "cultural compression" syncretism is very much a current event. But syncretism does not just happen because religions have similarities and cross over into one another.

By comparison, syncretism is often used in religious contexts, either to describe religious systems in which people practice two religions side by side, in an alternate or complementary manner.

Syncretism is the merger of different, and at times, contradictory religious practices, faith, and beliefs in order to reconcile different religious traditions found within a community and in order to find unity between competitive views. Syncretism in the Old Testament involves Israel’s absorption of Canaanite religious practices into the religion of Yahweh.

In three previous articles, I treated various broader aspects of the Golden Calf incident, such as the basic teachings of the passages concerning the incident and some of their various applications to believers today. 1 This post focuses attention on the Israelites’ religious syncretism in what took place on that infamous occasion.

Israel’s Knowledge of God before the Incident. Syncretism is the process by which the practices and beliefs of one religion are incorporated into another religion.

The result of this union of different and, at times, opposing religious practices is a change in the fundamental nature of the religion that absorbed the foreign religious. Religious syncretism is the blending of the doctrines and practices of two or more religions in order to come up with something new.

Religious syncretism has been going on for millennia. Modern day examples include Chrislam, New Age, Christian Science, and the Interfaith Movement. form in at least the best of Israelite religion. It is responsible for the Israelite belief in Yahweh as a loving husband (Ho 2, Jer 2 2b, 3, 3 ) or father of Israel (Ho 11 1, 3, 4).

These, then, are valuable contributions of neighboring fertility religions, but they need not imply that the Israelites adopted foreign myths and mystical. Book Description. Syncretism - the fusion of different beliefs into one religious system - has long been controversial in scholarship.

It is widely held that religion, culture and ethnicity are pure entities that may become mixed in encounter and lead to impure, hybrid forms. The Israelites borrowed heavily, in practice, from the idolatry (Judg.

), the shrine prostitution (1 Kings ) and the child sacrifice and witchcraft (2 Kings ) of the Canaanites. God, on the other hand, contextualizes the prophetic message in the Book of Daniel. This is exactly what happened in the 8th century B.C. when the northern kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Assyrians.

The sinful syncretism that resulted is a lesson from history for growing Christians today. Background Notes King Hoshea was the last of the 19 kings who ruled over the northern kingdom of Israel.

Syncretism is the combining of different, often seemingly contradictory beliefs, while melding practices of various schools of tism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.

Religious syncretism exhibits blending of two or more religious belief systems into a new system, or the incorporation into a religious tradition of beliefs from unrelated traditions.

It is contrasted by the idea of multiple religious belonging and polytheism, respectively. V arious aspects of the question of religious syncretism in the Middle East have repeatedly been the subject of research.

Seen from an ‘orientalist’ and idealistic point of view, this question has been dealt with by national historiographies in a predictably justifi.

The process of one religion adopting "foreign" aspects of another is called syncretism. To make the process complete, the adoptees often create. A combination of two religions, as in Israel when the worship of Yahweh, who had led them through the wilderness, became infiltrated, according to the biblical narratives, with beliefs and practices of the Canaanites, who worshipped the gods El and mixtures were sternly resisted by those prophets who looked back to the wilderness period as an ideal (Hos.

4–5; Amos 2: 10–12). The Goddess, Syncretism, and Patriarchy 2 the period of pre-Israelite culture until the early years of the postexilic period (early Judaism). The shift from a goddess-based religion to Yahwism may have had serious implications for the eventual development of Judaism.

Several unanswered questions remain concerning this religious culture.It is well known that the Haitians will often blend many aspects of their native religion in with their new-found Catholic religious faith. [2] This same syncretism has been used by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries in many nations across the world where ancestral worship is prevalent, especially on the continents of Africa and South America.

In the study of historical Gnostic religions, one is inevitably drawn towards the period of Graeco-Egyptian syncretism occurring in the wake of Alexander’s Egyptian conquest (c.

BCE). My upcoming (and currently under-wraps) research project has been especially dependent upon such study. One surprising element I have regularly encountered in this research is the participation of.