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Of God and gods : Egypt, Israel, and the rise of monotheism

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Madison, Wisc. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2008.
Series: George L. Mosse series in modern European cultural and intellectual history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Assmann
ISBN: 029922550X 9780299225506 0299225542 9780299225544
OCLC Number: 173748447
Description: ix, 196 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1 Understanding Polytheism: The Three-Dimensional Structure of the Divine World 9 --
2 Seth the Iconoclast: Polytheism and the Language of Violence 28 --
3 All Gods Are One: Evolutionary and Inclusive Monotheism 53 --
4 The Axial Age and the Separation of State and Religion: Monotheism as an Axial Movement 76 --
5 Five Steps toward Canonization: Tradition, Scripture, and the Origin of the Hebrew Bible 90 --
6 No God but God: Exclusive Monotheism and the Language of Violence 106 --
Conclusion: The Mosaic Distinction 127.
Series Title: George L. Mosse series in modern European cultural and intellectual history.
Responsibility: Jan Assmann.
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Explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism. This book offers readers an understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on the concept of the  Read more...

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"An important contribution to the fields of Egyptology, Biblical studies, and the general study of religion." - Israel Knohl, Hebrew University, Jerusalem"

 
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