The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel

The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel

Benjamin D. Sommer


within the our bodies of God and the realm of old Israel, Benjamin D. Sommer investigates the proposal of a deity's physique and self in historical Israel, Canaan, and Mesopotamia. He uncovers a misplaced historical close to japanese belief of divinity based on which a vital distinction among gods and people used to be that gods had a couple of physique and fluid, unbounded selves. although the dominant traces of biblical faith rejected it, a monotheistic model of this theological instinct is located in a few biblical texts. Later Jewish and Christian thinkers inherited this historic state of mind; principles similar to the sefirot in kabbalah and the trinity in Christianity signify a past due model of this theology. This ebook forces us to reconsider the excellence among monotheism and polytheism, as this thought of divine fluidity is located in either polytheistic cultures (Babylonia, Assyria, Canaan) and monotheistic ones (biblical faith, Jewish mysticism, Christianity), while it's absent in a few polytheistic cultures (classical Greece). The our bodies of God and the realm of historical Israel has vital repercussions not just for biblical scholarship and comparative faith yet for Jewish-Christian discussion.

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