I’m reading Peter Hayman’s “Monotheism—A Misused Word in Jewish Studies?” from JJS 42, and I came across a quote that makes me feel much better about my multifarious research interests:
There are rich, as yet unexplored, pickings in rabbinic midrash for scholars interested in the Canaanite background to Israelite religion. This is one area where our specialization into Ugaritic scholars, Old Testament scholars, and Judaists, really lets us down. To appreciate the continuity one needs to be all three.
Every day I’m more and more happy to be working heavily with all three of those areas (and a few others).