'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?
Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano is Assistant Professor in the Institute of History, Warsaw University. An historian of the Ancient World, specializing in Near Eastern and Biblical studies, he graduated from Warsaw University in 1997 (M.A.), where he also obtained his Ph.D. (2002). His main interests concentrate on the biblical historiography and religion of Ancient Palestine.