Tag Archives: God

Bodies of God (Benjamin Sommer at Syracuse University)

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כל בשר (Meat Not Transcendence (Duetero-Isaiah)

In scholarly and theological circles, Deutero-Isaiah is famous for the world-embracing transcendence of its vision. The heaven is My throne, the earth My footstool, a new heaven, a new earth, etc. (66:1, 22). But the focus of the text, chapter … Continue reading

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Monotheism & Empire in the Ancient Near East (Mark Smith)

Building up what looks like a meta-thesis re: the ancient Near Eastern origins of biblical monotheism, Mark Smith turns with a strong hand to the question of empire. God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World is … Continue reading

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The God and The Gods Of Ancient Canaanite Israel (The Early History of God) (Mark S. Smith)

Reading Mark Smith’s eminent study, throws light on the way that The Early History of God, indeed the early history of God itself, is a history of the image in which that figure has been cast and recast over time. … Continue reading

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(Gods, Godesses, and God) Aniconic Politics in Ancient Israel (Othmar Keel and Christoph Uehlinger)

I’m prepared to walk back anything in this post with sufficient critical pushback from experts in a field upon which I’m making such gross trespass. But I wanted to write about God, Goddesses, and Images of God in Ancient Israel, which has … Continue reading

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Iconophobic Jewish Philosophy

I’ll do without mentioning any names here at the blog, because it’s not a nice thing to have posted to one’s name forever online. Complete citations will go in the book. For now I’d like to point out some basic fault lines … Continue reading

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This Is An Idol (Ancient Near East Artifact)

I’m not even sure if it’s “art,” which we know is a modern construct. Best to define these things as narrowly as possible, an “idol” is an ancient Near Eastern artifact. These home votives sit and stand there, they strike … Continue reading

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