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In the ancient Near East the God of Israel stands unique; he is the central character of the Old Testament. The collection of essays in this volume presents the historical background against which belief in him developed and discusses aspects of the topic that remain unresolved or largely unaddressed. What was he like? How does he differ from other gods of the ancient world? And what difference does the worship of this god make, both in the world of the Bible and now? The papers presented contribute to the continuing discussion about the God of Israel and other deities in the ancient Near East, and the emergence of monotheistic belief and worship. A multifaceted approach is adopted in which comparative, theological, historical, literary-critical, cultural, narratological, canonical, exegetical and ethical issues feature prominently.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521873659
ISBN-10: 0521873657
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 326
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Robert P. Gordon

Robert P. Gordon is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

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