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Author Smith, Mark S., 1955-

Title The origins of biblical monotheism : Israel's polytheistic background and the Ugaritic texts / Mark S. Smith
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2001


Description 1 online resource (xviii. 325 pages)
Contents pt. I. The structures of divinity. Anthropomorphic deities and divine monsters -- The divine council -- The divine family -- Pluralities, pairings, and other divine relations -- pt. II. Characteristics of divinity. The traits of deities -- The life and death of Baal -- pt. III. The origins of monotheism in the Bible. El, Yahweh, and the original God of IsraEL and the Exodus -- The emergence of monotheistic rhetoric in Ancient Judah -- The formation of monotheistic theologies in biblical literature -- Monotheism in Isaiah 40-55
Summary Annotation According to the Bible, ancient Israel's neighbors worshipped a wide variety of gods. In recent years, scholars have sought a better understanding of this early polytheistic milieu and its relation to Yahweh, the God of Israel. Drawing on ancient Ugaritic texts and looking closely at Ugaritic deities, Mark Smith examines the meaning of "divinity" in the ancient near East and considers how this concept applies to Yahweh
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-302) and indexes
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT 880-01 Bible. Old Testament -- Theology
880-01/(S Bible. A.T. -- Critique, interprγ̐ưetation, etc
Bible. Old Testament fast
Subject 880-02 God -- Biblical teaching.
880-02/(S Monothγ̐ưeisme
Ugaritic literature -- Relation to the Old Testament.
Monotheism -- Palestine -- History of doctrines
God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines
Gods, Semitic.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- Theology.
God -- Biblical teaching
God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines
Gods, Semitic
Monotheism -- History of doctrines
Ugaritic literature -- Relation to the Old Testament
Oude Testament.
Middle East -- Palestine
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1423726502