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Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah (Bob Becking) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2002) 9781841271996
Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah (Bob Becking) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2002) 9781841271996
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Title: Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah

Author: Becking, Bob

Additional Authors or Contributors: Meindert Dijkstra, Karel Vriezen, Marjo Korpel

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9781841271996

Volumes: 1; Pages: 180

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The view of ancient Israelite religion as monotheistic has long been traditional in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, religions that have elaborated in their own way the biblical image of a single male deity. But recent archaeological findings of texts and images from the Iron Age kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their neighbourhood offer a quite different impression. Two issues in particular raised by these are the existence of a female consort, Asherah, and the implication for monotheism; and the proliferation of pictorial representations that may contradict the biblical ban on images. Was the religion of ancient Israel really as the Bible would have us believe? This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to these issues, presenting the relevant inscriptions and discussing their possible impact for Israelite monotheism, the role of women in the cult, and biblical theology.

Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

I have Blessed you by YHWH of Samaria and his Asherah: Texts with Religious Elements from the Soil Archive of Ancient Israel

Archaeological Traces of Cult in Ancient Israel

El, the God of Israel--Israel, the People of YHWH: On the Origins of Ancient Israelite Yahwism

Asherah outside Israel

The Gods, in Whom They Trusted ... Assyrian Evidence for Iconic Polytheism in Ancient Israel?

Women and Religion in the Old Testament

Only One God: On Possible Implications for Biblical Theology

Bibliography

Index of References

Index of Authors
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