Deuteronomy and the Meaning of "Monotheism"
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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Albright ancient aniconism argues biblical text Bilderverbot BRAULIK Cambridge Platonists Canaanites canonical carmot chapter Christian context contrast covenant cultic Decalogue deﬁnition deities described Deut Deuter Deutero-Isaiah difﬁcult divine DRIVER earth Egypt election of Israel elsewhere in Deuteronomy Exod Exodus expressed ﬁnal form ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁrst commandment Freud Gnuse gods Golden Calf Gott heaven henotheism hérem holy Horeb idea IDEM idolatry indicates interpretation Isaiah Israel Israel’s election Israelite Israelite religion justiﬁed Kaufmann KUENEN land LOHFINK love YHWH MAYES meaning metaphor MOBERLY monolatry monotheism monotheistic More’s nations obedience obey Old Testament onomy parallel Platonists polytheism post-exilic present prophets question reﬂects relationship SANDERS scholars Second seen sense Shema signiﬁcance Song of Moses Song’s speciﬁc statement suggests term theism theme Theology tion Torah translation treaty Ugaritic understanding understood verse WEINFELD Wellhausen whilst words worship Yahweh YHWH’s commands YHWH’s election YHWH’s presence YHWH’s uniqueness