From the stone age to Christianity : monotheism and the historical process / by William Foxwell Albright.
- Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press, 1940.
xi, 363 pages ; 24 cm
History -- Philosophy.
History -- Methodology.
- I. New horizons in history
A. The archeological revolution
B. The discovery and interpretation of Ancient Near Eastern written documents
1. Discovery and interpretation: an historical sketch
2. Linguistic and philological in the interpretation of written documents
C. The discovery and interpretation of unwritten documents from the ancient Near East
1. Discovery and methodology
2. The historical interpretation of Archaeological data
D. oral and written transmission of history
1. The characteristics of oral tradition
2. The transmission of written documents
II. Toward an organismic philosophy of history
A. General tendencies in the philosophy of history
1. From Hegel to the sociologists
2. The Encyclopaedic-Analytic tendency in the philosophy of history
B. Current aspects of historical determinism
C. The epistemology of history
D. Some fundamental principles underlying history
E. Toward an organismic philosophy of history
A. The evolution of material civilization in the Near East from the earliest times to the seventeenth century BC
1. The Stone Age
2. The Chalcolithic Age and the Irrigation culture
3. The Early and Middle Bronze Ages: Mesopotamia
4. The Early and Middle Bronze Ages: Egypt
5. The Early and Middle Bronze Ages: Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor
B. The religious life of the early and middle Bronze Ages
1. The nature and evolution of primitive religion
2. Egyptian religion between 3000 and 1600 BC
3. Mesopotamian religion between 3000 and 1600 BC
IV. When Israel was a child (Hosea 11:1)
A. The Ancient oriental background of Israelite origins
1. The political and cultural background, 1600 to 1200 BC
2. The background of religion and thought, 1600 to 1200 BC
B. The Hebrew background of Israelite origins
1. The geographical and ethnic background
2. The religious background
C. The religion of Moses
1. The documentary sources
2. The historical foundations of Israelite tradition
3. Moses and monotheism
V. Charisma and catharsis
A. The charismatic age of Israel
B. The united monarchy and the beginnings of the prophetic movement
C. The divided monarchy and the charismatic prophets
1. The age of the ecstatic prophets
2. The age of the rhapsodist prophets
VI. In the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4)
A. The rise and diffusion of Hellenic culture
B. Judaism and the religious life of the Hellenistic age
C. Non Hellenic currents in Hellenistic Judaism
D. Jesus the Christ
1. The documentary sources
2. The religion of Jesus.
- Includes index.
Bibliographical references in "Notes" (p. 313-342).
- Other format:
- Online version: Albright, William Foxwell, 1891-1971. From the stone age to Christianity.
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