Mark S. Smith is the Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University.
Journal of Biblical Literature
"Smith deserves a very careful and appreciative hearing. . . This book provides a feast for the attentive reader and concerned scholar." The Christian Century
"Smith assembles and analyzes a tremendous array of archaeological and textual evidence to challenge the notion of Israel's religious distinctiveness. . . The implications of this insight for theological reflection on Judaism are incalculable." Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"It is rare to find a book so steeped in the primary evidence of texts and history and so thoroughly conversant with the nuances of recent scholarly discussion. . . Smith's admirable erudition and discerning judgment will make this book required reading for present and future generations of biblical scholars and students." Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"The notes are a treasury of information and resources for scholars, yet the treatment is one that an informed reader can follow. . . One is left with both respect for Smith's contribution and also a clear awareness of how it cuts against the basic grain of the biblical text itself."