Deuteronomy and the Meaning of "Monotheism"

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Mohr Siebeck, 2012 - Religion - 271 pages
Nathan MacDonald examines the term 'monotheism' and its appropriateness as a category for analysing the Old Testament. He traces the use of 'monotheism' since its coinage in 1660 and argues that its use in Old Testament scholarship frequently reflects a narrowed, intellectualistic conception of religion."Finally, MacDonald's volume is a valuable contribution to the discussion because it is also a fine example of biblical theology, a truly insightful exposition of some of the significant themes in the book of Deuteronomy, accompanied by a fine, detailed exposition of crucial passages in the book. [...] This book is highly recommended for all who are interested in the debate concerning biblical monotheism and the larger study of Israel's religious identity."Robert Gnuse in Biblica, Vol. 86 (2005), No. 4, 558-560"This is one of the most significant and exciting books of biblical theology I have read for some time, illustrating how the Bible can come to life when critical attention is paid to the contemporary context of its interpretation."Philip Jenson in Themelios, Vol. 29 (2004), No. 2, 56-57
 

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Contents

The Origin and Meaning of Monotheism
5
Confessing Monotheism
59
Monotheism as Devoted Love
97
Remembering Monotheism
124
Monotheism and Election
151
Monotheism and Idolatry
182
Bread not Stone
209
Bibliography
223
Indexes
249
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About the author (2012)

Nathan MacDonald, Born 1975; studied theology and classical Hebrew in Cambridge and Durham; currently University Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Cambridge; Leader of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Research Team, Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen.

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