The Hebrew God: Portrait of an Ancient Deity

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Yale University Press, 2002 - 246 من الصفحات
Originally worshipped by the people of a small and politically insignificant eastern Mediterranean community, the Hebrew God rose to become the monotheistic deity of the entire Western tradition. In this absorbing book, well-known biblical scholar Bernhard Lang provides for the first time a full portrait of the ancient Hebrew God. Drawing on all available evidence, including ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian texts and art, Lang offers a comprehensive view of the Hebrew God that is both fascinating and surprising.

Lang's portrait shows the Hebrew God in five images. He appears as lord of wisdom, lord of war, lord of the animals, lord of the individual, and lord of the harvest -- a God whose rule extends to all areas of life. Lang illuminates the completeness of this God's leadership with insights derived from modern religious, anthropological, and cultural studies, and he argues that Israel's monotheistic God, far from being simply opposed to other gods, actually echoes and incorporates much of the ancient polytheistic experience of the divine. The world-view of the ancient Semites did not differ from that of the Indo-European peoples as dramatically as others have assumed, Lang contends. Written in an accessible style, this appealing volume stores a wealth of information for general reader and religious historian alike.

 

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Dumezil the Deluge and the Dream of Solomon
3
The Thesis of the Present Book
12
Lord of Wisdom
15
The Lord of Esoteric Wisdom
17
Mythology Associated with the Lord of Wisdom
24
An Alternative View God as Lawgiver and Scribe
34
Lord of War
45
God as Lord of War
47
God as Lord of the Individual The Mesopotamia Contribution
126
Lord of the Harvest
139
The Fertile Crescent
141
Lord of the Harvest Archaic Natural Theologies
146
Lord of the Harvest Theologies Shaped by Historical Experience
159
The Hebrew God Fragments of a History
171
Manifestations of the Divine and Historical Beginnings
173
The Sacred Story and Monotheism
179

The Warriors Initiation and Gods Battle with the Monster
53
From Exodus to Apocalyptic Drama
63
Lord of the Animals
75
God as Lord of the Animals
77
Human Authority over Animals
91
The Rediscovery of the Lord of the Animals ca 500 BCE
99
Lord of the Individual the Personal God
109
The Discovery of Personal Piety
111
God as Lord of the Individual The Egyptian Contribution
115
Christ as Second God
189
The Names of the Hebrew God
198
The Ancient Near East ca 3400500 BCE A Brief Guide to Its Cultural History
209
Abbreviations
216
Notes
217
Illustration Credits and Museum Locations
228
Bibliography
230
Index
240
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Bernhard Lang is professor of religion at the University of Paderborn, Germany.

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