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Gods and Humans in the Ancient Near East


  • Date Published: November 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108490542

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  • In this book, Tyson Putthoff explores the relationship between gods and humans, and between divine nature and human nature, in the Ancient Near East. In this world, gods lived among humans. The two groups shared the world with one another, each playing a special role in maintaining order in the cosmos. Humans also shared aspects of a godlike nature. Even in their natural condition, humans enjoyed a taste of the divine state. Indeed, gods not only lived among humans, but also they lived inside them, taking up residence in the physical body. As such, human nature was actually a composite of humanity and divinity. Putthoff offers new insights into the ancients' understanding of humanity's relationship with the gods, providing a comparative study of this phenomenon from the third millennium BCE to the first century CE.

    • Explores multiple Ancient Near Eastern views on divine aspects of human in a single volume in a way that no other work has done
    • Introduces each region of the Ancient Near East in a way that allows non-specialists and specialists alike to engage with the material in each chapter
    • Will appeal to scholars and students interested in the history, philosophy, theology and anthropology of the Near Eastern or biblical world
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    '… a valuable contribution.' Mark A. Awabdy, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108490542
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: self, space and the divine embodiment model
    2. Godlike bodies and radiant souls: divine embodiment in Ancient Egypt
    3. Composite beings and sexy god-kings: the divinity of humanity in Mesopotamia
    4. Metallic bodies and deification by ingestion: material embodiment in Hittite Anatolia
    5. Yhwh and his theomorphic body: the 'Image of god' in Israelite anthropology
    6. Divinity for all: the godlike self in Graeco-Roman thought
    7. Conclusion: gods and humans, gods in humans.

  • Author

    Tyson L. Putthoff, University of Oklahoma
    Tyson Putthoff is an associate faculty member in the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology (2016) and Divine Embodiment in Pauline Anthropology (forthcoming).

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