The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel (BOK)

Benjamin D. Sommer

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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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Benjamin D. Sommer
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521518727
Antall sider 350 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2,7cm
Vekt 600 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Biblical studies & exegesis