4 Stars Out Of 5
Great Treatment of Israelite Monotheism
February 18, 2013
Blue Springs, MO
Six months ago, I wouldn't have dreamed of picking up Smith's "Early History of God." However, I decided to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.
For one, Smith has earned a reputation as a premier biblical scholar, so his numerous works on Israelite monotheism can't be ignored. The information is dense at times, but his lengthy explanations and translations of relevant material make this work accessible for anyone willing to expend a bit of effort.
Secondly, Smith seems extremely charitable to other views, while remaining confident of his own. Thus, this book comes accross more as one voice in reasoned dialogue than one haughty scholar's view on developmental monotheism.
If one doesn't accept all of Smith's conclusions, there is still much to learn from this book and I firmly recommend it to anyone fascinated by Israel's early faith.