Of God and Gods Egypt, Israel, and the Rise of Monotheism
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Description: 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 Godsexplores 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 ldquo;Mosaic distinction,rdquo; 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
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 5/21/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Jan Assmann is professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg.
|Understanding Polytheism: The Three-Dimensional Structure of the Divine World|
|Seth the Iconoclast: Polytheism and the Language of Violence|
|All Gods Are One: Evolutionary and Inclusive Monotheism|
|The Axial Age and the Separation of State and Religion: Monotheism as an Axial Movement|
|Five Steps toward Canonization: Tradition, Scripture, and the Origin of the Hebrew Bible|
|No God but God: Exclusive Monotheism and the Language of Violence|
|Conclusion: The Mosaic Distinction|