Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal Hardback

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Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal

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Biblical scholarship today is divided between two mutually exclusive concepts for about the emergence of monotheism, an early-monotheistic Yahwism paradigm and a native-pantheon paradigm. The study identifies five main stages on Israel's journey towards monotheism. Rather than deciding whether Yahweh was originally a god of the Baal-type or of the El-type, this work shuns origins and focuses instead on the first period for which there are abundant sources, the Omride era. Non-biblical sources depict a significantly different situation from the Baalism the Elijah cycle ascribes to King Achab. The novelty of the present study is to take this paradox seriously and identify the Omride dynasty as the first stage in the rise of Yahweh as the main god of Israel. Why Jerusalem later painted the Omrides as anti-Yahweh idolaters is then explained as the need to distance itself from the near-by sanctuary of Bethel by assuming the Omride heritage without admitting its northern Israelite origins.
The contribution of the Priestly document and of Deutero-Isaiah during the Persian era comprise the next phase, before the strict Yahwism achieved in Daniel 7 completes the emergence of biblical Yahwism as a truly monotheistic religion.

Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal by James S. Anderson was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in August 2015. The ISBN for Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal is 9780567663948.

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Page last updated 21st October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (August 2015)
Number of Pages160
Thickness11 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4322804
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