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Bibil Identifier bibil:247454
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal
Author Anderson, James S.
Series Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (Volume: 617)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 40476
Place 22:931.2
Publishing house Bloomsbury
Place London et al.
ISBN 978-0-56766-394-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
147 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Biblical scholarship today is divided between two mutually exclusive concepts of the emergence of monotheism: an early-monotheistic Yahwism paradigm and a native-pantheon paradigm.
This 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.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Monotheism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Baal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : YHWH
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