Richard S. Hess is married, the father of three children, and the grandfather of five wonderful grandkids. He is Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Denver Seminary. He presently edits the Bulletin for Biblical Research and the Bulletin’s Supplement Series, and co-edits the Septuagint Commentary Series. He also edits the Denver Journal: An Online Review of Current Biblical and Theological Studies. Hess is a member of the New International Version’s Committee on Bible Translation. He has authored six books, co-authored three volumes, and edited two dozen books. Hess has published more than a hundred peer reviewed and scholarly articles, and is presently working on an Old Testament survey.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XV, November 16 – 18, 2012
Did Anyone in Israel Believe in God before the Exile?
The question of belief in one God in ancient Israel is a major issue in the study of the archaeology and the ancient history of the Levant. By reviewing some of the major archaeological and written finds from this period, we will consider the question in the light of some fresh perspectives. We will look at some of the ancient religious sites in Israel, some of the most important pictorial representations of gods and goddesses, some of the key texts that have been discovered, and some of the personal names that contain names of gods and goddesses. The results will bring Israel’s “religions” into focus.