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The God of Israel

The God of Israel

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Robert P. Gordon, Nathan MacDonald, John Barton, Ronald E. Clements, Katharine J. Dell, Diana Lipton, R. W. L. Moberly, Simon J. Sherwin, Janet E. Tollington, Graham I. Davies, Judith M. Hadley, Peter J. Williams, Klaus Koch, Philip P. Jenson, James K. Aitken, William Horbury
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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521873659

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  • In the ancient Near East the God of Israel stands unique; he is the central character of the Old Testament. The collection of essays in this volume presents the historical background against which belief in him developed and discusses aspects of the topic that remain unresolved or largely unaddressed. What was he like? How does he differ from other gods of the ancient world? And what difference does the worship of this god make, both in the world of the Bible and now? The papers presented contribute to the continuing discussion about the God of Israel and other deities in the ancient Near East, and the emergence of monotheistic belief and worship. A multifaceted approach is adopted in which comparative, theological, historical, literary-critical, cultural, narratological, canonical, exegetical and ethical issues feature prominently.

    • Offers fresh perspectives on the central 'character' of the Old Testament
    • Adopts a multifaceted approach to the issues involved
    • Discusses the ethical issues raised by monotheism
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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521873659
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Perspectives:
    1. Introducing the God of Israel Robert P. Gordon
    2. Aniconism in the Old Testament Nathan MacDonald
    3. Imitation of God in the Old Testament John Barton
    4. Monotheism and the God of many names Ronald E. Clements
    5. God, creation and the contribution of wisdom Katharine J. Dell
    6. By royal appointment: God's influence on influencing God Diana Lipton
    7. Is monotheism bad for you?: some reflections on God, the Bible, and life in the light of Regina Schwartz's The Curse of Cain R. W. L. Moberly
    8. Old Testament monotheism and Zoroastrianian influence Simon J. Sherwin
    Part II. Texts and Themes:
    9. God, women and children Janet E. Tollington
    10. The exegesis of the divine name in Exodus Graham I. Davies
    11. The de-deification of deities in Deuteronomy Judith M. Hadley
    12. Is God moral?: on the Saul narratives as tragedy Peter J. Williams
    13. Standing in the council: when prophets encounter God Robert P. Gordon
    14. Ugaritic polytheism and Hebrew monotheism in Isaiah 40-55 Klaus Koch
    15. Interpreting Jonah's God: canon and criticism Philip P. Jenson
    16. The God of the pre-Maccabees: designations of the divine in the early Hellenistic period James K. Aitken
    17. Deity on Ecclesiasticus William Horbury.

  • Editor

    Robert P. Gordon, University of Cambridge
    Robert P. Gordon is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

    Contributors

    Robert P. Gordon, Nathan MacDonald, John Barton, Ronald E. Clements, Katharine J. Dell, Diana Lipton, R. W. L. Moberly, Simon J. Sherwin, Janet E. Tollington, Graham I. Davies, Judith M. Hadley, Peter J. Williams, Klaus Koch, Philip P. Jenson, James K. Aitken, William Horbury

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