The death of “dying and rising gods” in the biblical world: An update, with special reference to Baal in the Baal cycle

@article{Smith1998TheDO,
  title={The death of “dying and rising gods” in the biblical world: An update, with special reference to Baal in the Baal cycle},
  author={M. S. Smith},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament},
  year={1998},
  volume={12},
  pages={257-313}
}
  • M. S. Smith
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament
  • Abstract This essay examines the background and current status of the question of the category of “dying and rising gods” in biblical and ancient Middle Eastern research. A survey of the data confirms many older objections raised against the category, all the while recognizing the concern for fertility represented by many of the figures subsumed under the category. Baal of Ugarit provides an important test case for this category, as new ritual information in the form of KTU 1.161 (RS 34.126… CONTINUE READING
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