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Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient : Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah -  Becking

Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient

Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah

Paperback Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9781841271996

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This book introduces the relevant evidence and assesses its significance for our understanding of Israelite religion and for biblical theology. The view of ancient Israelite religion as monotheistic has long been traditional in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, religions that have elaborated in their own way the biblical image of a single male deity. But recent archaeological findings of texts and images from the Iron Age kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their neighbourhood offer a quite different impression. Two issues in particular raised by these are the existence of a female consort, Asherah, and the implication for monotheism; and the proliferation of pictorial representations that may contradict the biblical ban on images. Was the religion of ancient Israel really as the Bible would have us believe? This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to these issues, presenting the relevant inscriptions and discussing their possible impact for Israelite monotheism, the role of women in the cult, and biblical theology.

Prefacep. 7
Abbreviationsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
I have Blessed you by YHWH of Samaria and his Asherah: Texts with Religious Elements from the Soil Archive of Ancient Israelp. 17
Archaeological Traces of Cult in Ancient Israelp. 45
El, the God of Israel - Israel, the People of YHWH: On the Origins of Ancient Israelite Yahwismp. 81
Asherah outside Israelp. 127
The Gods, in Whom They Trusted ... Assyrian Evidence for Iconic Polytheism in Ancient Israel?p. 151
Women and Religion in the Old Testamentp. 164
Only One God: On Possible Implications for Biblical Theologyp. 189
Bibliographyp. 202
Index of Referencesp. 223
Index of Authorsp. 229
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ISBN: 9781841271996
ISBN-10: 1841271993
Series: Biblical Seminar (Paperback)
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1