God in Translation Paperback

Cross-Cultural Recognition of Deities in the Biblical World

by Mark S. Smith;

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God in Translation

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God in Translation offers a substantial, extraordinarily broad survey of ancient attitudes toward deities, from the Late Bronze Age through ancient Israel and into the New Testament.

Looking closely at relevant biblical texts and at their cultural contexts, Mark S. Smith demonstrates that the biblical attitude toward deities of other cultures is not uniformly negative, as is commonly supposed. He traces the historical development of Israel's "one-god worldview," linking it to the rise of the surrounding Mesopotamian empires. Smith's study also produces evidence undermining a common modern assumption among historians of religion -- that polytheism is tolerant while monotheism is prone to intolerance and violence.

"A magisterial treatment of the development of Israelite monotheism throughout the entire biblical period. . . The starting point for much new research." - Robert R. Wilson, Yale University.

"This is an amazing book. Mark Smith takes the reader inside the intellectual universe of ancient Israel and its neighbors in a search for the possibilities of cultural translation. Learned, thoroughly researched, and written in clear and sober prose, this study defines a new level in our understanding of ancient Near Eastern theological thought." - Karel van der Toorn, University of Amsterdam.

God in Translation by Mark S. Smith was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in August 2010 and is our 44458th best seller. The ISBN for God in Translation is 9780802864338.

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Details for God in Translation

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (August 2010)
Number of Pages408
Thickness23 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3471253
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