'Origin Myths and Holy Places in the Old Testament' examines the biblical narratives which describe the origins of holy places. It argues for the Hellenistic origin or redaction of most of these narratives. Three central questions are addressed: are there common features in biblical accounts about the foundation of places of worship; are there elements in the aetiological stories that reveal the 'real' mythology/rituals of the sanctuary; what were the circumstances of the creation of such narratives?

chapter 1|15 pages


chapter 2|42 pages


chapter 3|34 pages

Archaeological Data

chapter 5|26 pages

Hebron, Mamre

chapter 6|31 pages


chapter 7|44 pages

Shechem and Gilgal

chapter 9|22 pages

Conclusions and Summary