What I’m seeking to do is to place the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Israelites in the context of its surrounding Mesopotamian and Canaanite culture. In doing so I hope to explain the lost worldview of an ancient civilization and how their worldview shaped the Israelites and influenced the Bible we read today. With that said, I want to be upfront and honest with you. Somethings you will learn will be surprising to you, to others, it may be shocking. However, the subject is a fascinating one! It is my belief that you will never approach the Bible the same way again.