THE BODIES OF GOD AND THE WORLD OF ANCIENT ISRAEL

Sommer, Benjamin D.

Published by Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Publishers cloth. 8vo. XV, 334 pages. 23 cm. First edition. "Sommer utilizes a lost ancient Near Eastern perception of divinity according to which a god has more than one body and fluid, unbounded selves. Though the dominant strains of biblical religion rejected it, a monotheistic version of this theological intuition is found in some biblical texts. Later Jewish and Christian thinkers inherited this ancient way of thinking; ideas such as the sefirot in Kabbalah and the trinity in Christianity represent a late version of this theology. This book forces us to rethink the distinction between monotheism and polytheism, as this notion of divine fluidity is found in both polytheistic cultures (Babylonia, Assyria, Canaan) and monotheistic ones (biblical religion, Jewish mysticism, Christianity) , whereas it is absent in some polytheistic cultures (classical Greece) . The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel has important repercussions not only for biblical scholarship and comparative religion but for Jewish-Christian dialogue. " (Publishers description) Subjects: God (Judaism) - History of doctrines. Monotheism. Polytheism. God - Biblical teaching. Light shelf wear to jacket, otherwise fine. Great condition. (SPEC-36-48)xx. Bookseller Inventory # 32136

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Title: THE BODIES OF GOD AND THE WORLD OF ANCIENT ...

Publisher: Cambridge; Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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