The Danger of Canaanite Religious Influence on Israelite Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

In Canaan Israelite worship incorporated elements from pagan worship, especially that of Baal, and Israel went through periods of apostasy and reform.

Syncretism, the mixture of foreign elements with the Yahwism of Israelite worship, increasingly became a problem as the people of God moved from the wilderness to the Promised Land of Canaan. The religious procession to the land can also be seen as a military movement that collided with the cultures already existing in the area. Among other...


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