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Author Smith, Mark S., 1955- author.

Title Where the gods are : spatial dimensions of anthropomorphism in the Biblical world / Mark S. Smith
Published New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [©2016]


Description 1 online resource
Series Anchor Yale Bible reference library
Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction: The Place of Anthropomorphism -- Part 1. Spatial Representations of Divine Anthropomorphism -- 1. The Three Bodies of God in the Hebrew Bible -- 2. Like Deities, Like Temples (Like People) -- Part 2. Anthropomorphism and Theriomorphism in Cultic Space -- 3. The Construction of Anthropomorphism and Theriomorphism -- 4. The Calf Images at Dan and Bethel: Their Number and Symbolism -- Part 3. Gods of Cities, Cities of Gods -- 5. Gods and Their City Sites -- 6. The Royal City and Its Gods -- Epilogue: Ancient Theorizing About Anthropomorphism and Space -- Notes -- Subject Index -- Index of Modern Authors -- Index of Ancient Sources
Summary The issue of how to represent God is a concern both ancient and contemporary. In this wide-ranging and authoritative study, renowned biblical scholar Mark Smith investigates the symbols, meanings, and narratives in the Hebrew Bible, Ugaritic texts, and ancient iconography, which attempt to describe deities in relation to humans. Smith uses a novel approach to show how the Bible depicts God in human and animal forms-and sometimes both together. Mediating between the ancients' theories and the work of modern thinkers, Smith's boldly original work uncovers the foundational understandings of deities and space
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SUBJECT Bible. New Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. New Testament -- Criticism, Narrative
Bible. New Testament fast
Subject Ugaritic literature -- Relation to the Old Testament.
Symbolism in the Bible.
Image of God.
God -- Biblical teaching.
God -- Attributes.
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- New Testament.
God -- Attributes
God -- Biblical teaching
Image of God
Symbolism in the Bible
Ugaritic literature -- Relation to the Old Testament
Religiöse Literatur
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300220964