The bodies of God and the world of ancient Israel
Later Jewish and Christian thinkers inherited this ancient way of thinking; ideas such as the sefirot in Kabbalah and the trinity in Christianity represent a late version of this theology. This book forces us to rethink the distinction between monotheism and polytheism, as this notion of divine fluidity is found in both polytheistic cultures Babylonia, Assyria, Canaan and monotheistic ones biblical religion, Jewish mysticism, Christianity , whereas it is absent in some polytheistic cultures classical Greece.
The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel has important repercussions not only for biblical scholarship and comparative religion but for Jewish-Christian dialogue. Mesopotamia and Canaan. Tent Ark and Temple.
Difficult Beginnings. Implications and Afterlife.
Sommer, Benjamin D., The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel
Monotheism and Polytheism in Ancient Israel. Chapter two discusses divine fluidity in ancient Israel. YHWH's angels resemble the avatars of Hinduism. They are not independent messengers from the heavenly retinue but independently functioning parts of YHWH.
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YHWH was embodied in wood or stone. The goddess Asherah cf.
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YHWH was also embodied as a stone massebdh. Jacob anointed a massebdh, turning it into a place where YHWH was present, just as the Mesopotamian Mouth Washing rite turned the statue into a god. In the Northern Kingdom YHWH was worshipped in the form of gillultm stone idols , massekot molten images , golden calves Author: Victor Hurowitz.
Date: Oct. Publisher: American Oriental Society. Document Type: Book review.
Length: 3, words. By Benjamin D.