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- DescriptionSommer utilizes a lost ancient Near Eastern perception of divinity according to which a god has more than one body and fluid, unbounded selves. Though the dominant strains of biblical religion rejected it, a motheistic version of this theological intuition is found in some biblical texts. Later Jewish and Christian thinkers inherited this ancient way of thinking; ideas such as the sefirot in Kabbalah and the trinity in Christianity represent a late version of this theology. This book forces us to rethink the distinction between motheism and polytheism, as this tion of divine fluidity is found in both polytheistic cultures (Babylonia, Assyria, Canaan) and motheistic ones (biblical religion, Jewish mysticism, Christianity), whereas it is absent in some polytheistic cultures (classical Greece). The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel has important repercussions t only for biblical scholarship and comparative religion but for Jewish-Christian dialogue.
- Author BiographyBenjamin D. Sommer is Professor in the Department of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
- Author(s)Benjamin D. Sommer
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication29/06/2009
- SubjectChristianity: Bibles & Liturgy
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note4 b/w illus.
- Weight600 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine27 mm
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