The Early History of God

Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan.

Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467427630

Category: Religion

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Foreword by Patrick D. Miller In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological sources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, was the result of the progressive establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity. This thoroughly revised second edition ofThe Early History of God includes a substantial new preface by the author and a foreword by Patrick D. Miller.

The Early History of God

Finally with respect to the biblical discussion , The Early History of God proposed that the demise of the goddess's cult would have begun by the end of the pre - monarchic period . However , this position too needs to be revisited 120.

Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 080283972X

Category: Religion

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There is still much disagreement over the origins and development of Israelite religion. Mark Smith sets himself the task of reconstructing the cult of Yahweh, the most important deity in Israel's early religion, and tracing the transformation of that deity into the sole god - the development of monotheism.

The Origins of Biblical Monotheism

"Jonathan has tremendous energy and drive. You can tap into that energy in this book.

Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195167686

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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One of the leading scholars of ancient West Semitic religion discusses polytheism vs. monotheism by covering the fluidity of those categories in the ancient Near East. He argues that Israel's social history is key to the development of monotheism.

The Early History of Heaven

For additional early Christian sources see P. Ildefonse de Vuippens , La paradis terrestre au troisième ciel : Exposé ... Doubleday , 1967 ) , 1–100 ; William F. Albright , Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan : An Historical Analysis of Two ...

Author: J. Edward Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195348491

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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When we think of "heaven," we generally conjure up positive, blissful images. Heaven is, after all, where God is and where good people go after death to receive their reward. But how and why did Western cultures come to imagine the heavenly realm in such terms? Why is heaven usually thought to be "up there," far beyond the visible sky? And what is the source of the idea that the post mortem abode of the righteous is in this heavenly realm with God? Seeking to discover the roots of these familiar notions, this volume traces the backgrounds, origin, and development of early Jewish and Christian speculation about the heavenly realm -- where it is, what it looks like, and who its inhabitants are. Wright begins his study with an examination of the beliefs of ancient Israel's neighbors Egypt and Mesopotamia, reconstructing the intellectual context in which the earliest biblical images of heaven arose. A detailed analysis of the Hebrew biblical texts themselves then reveals that the Israelites were deeply influenced by images drawn from the surrounding cultures. Wright goes on to examine Persian and Greco-Roman beliefs, thus setting the stage for his consideration of early Jewish and Christian images, which he shows to have been formed in the struggle to integrate traditional biblical imagery with the newer Hellenistic ideas about the cosmos. In a final chapter Wright offers a brief survey of how later Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions envisioned the heavenly realms. Accessible to a wide range of readers, this provocative book will interest anyone who is curious about the origins of this extraordinarily pervasive and influential idea.

Where the Gods Are

Mediating between the ancients’ theories and the work of modern thinkers, Smith’s boldly original work uncovers the foundational understandings of deities and space.

Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300220964

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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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.

The Early History of the Lutheran Church in Georgia

Fast Upon the Living God.”841 Then, Boltzius gave an oration on the text, “Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer” (1 Tim ...

Author: Hermann Winde

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725274983

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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Beginning with the immigration of the "Georgia Salzburgers," religious exiles from Europe, The Early History of the Lutheran Church in Georgia tells a story of faith and struggle that is deeply embedded in the religious and cultural life of the American colonial South. Previously unpublished and untranslated, Hermann Winde's dissertation laid the foundation for a limited group of scholars and specialists who have continued to develop that story for over four decades. Now, both the detail that emerges through Winde's primary sources and the breadth of the connections he makes across colonial Georgia's geographical and cultural landscape will continue to appeal to scholars and general readers alike as they enter the world of Georgia's first Lutheran communities.

The Early History of New England

The covenant agreed to by the members of the Indian church collected by Mr. Eliot at Natick , was in the following words : “ We are lost in Adam , we and our fathers have been a long time lost in our sins , but now the mercy of God ...

Author: Henry White

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433081782330

Category: Indian captivities

Page: 428

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Of God and Gods

NOTES Introduction I. Smith , The Early History of God . This book provides an excellent survey ( xii - xli ) of recent developments in the field , including a plethora of bibliographic references . 2. Smith , The Origins of Biblical ...

Author: Jan Assmann

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 029922550X

Category: History

Page: 196

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For thousands of years, our world has been shaped by biblical monotheism. But its hallmark—a distinction between one true God and many false gods—was once a new and radical idea. Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace. Jan Assmann, one of the most distinguished scholars of ancient Egypt working today, traces the concept of a true religion back to its earliest beginnings in Egypt and describes how this new idea took shape in the context of the older polytheistic world that it rejected. He offers readers a deepened understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on his concept of the “Mosaic distinction,” which conceives an exclusive and emphatic Truth that sets religion apart from beliefs shunned as superstition, paganism, or heresy. Without a theory of polytheism, Assmann contends, any adequate understanding of monotheism is impossible. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association

Poetic Heroes

In this book Mark Smith undertakes an extensive exploration of "poetic heroes" across a number of ancient cultures in order to understand the attitudes of those cultures toward war and warriors.

Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802867926

Category: History

Page: 636

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Warfare exerts a magnetic power, even a terrible attraction, in its emphasis on glory, honor, and duty. In order to face the terror of war, it is necessary to face how our biblical traditions have made it attractive -- even alluring. In this book Mark Smith undertakes an extensive exploration of "poetic heroes" across a number of ancient cultures in order to understand the attitudes of those cultures toward war and warriors. Smith examines the Iliad and the Gilgamesh; Ugaritic poems commemorating Baal, Aqhat, and the Rephaim; and early biblical poetry, including the battle hymn of Judges 5 and the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1. Smith's Poetic Heroes analyzes the importance of heroic poetry in early Israel and its disappearance after the time of David, building on several strands of scholarship in archaeological research, poetic analysis, and cultural reconstruction.