Memoirs Of God

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Overview

This insightful work examines the variety of ways that collective memory, oral tradition, history, and history writing intersect. Integral to all this are the ways in which ancient Israel was shaped by the monarchy, the Babylonian exile, and the dispersions of Judeans and the ways in which Israel conceptualized and interacted with the divine-Yahweh as well as other deities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634858
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Time lines : periods, events, and writings
1 The biblical backdrop to the story of Israel 7
2 Challenges to Israel during the biblical period 46
3 Biblical monotheism and the structures of divinity 86
4 The formation of Israel's concepts of God : collective memory and amnesia in the Bible 124
Postscript : biblical memory between religion, theology, and history 159
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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Excellent Scholarship with Readability

    I read this book for a graduate course in Ancient Israelite Religion, it quickly became my favorite book of the course. Smith uncovers the foundations of Israelite religion and exposes the preconceptions that western culture (particularly Christianity) has of the Israelites. Perhaps Smith's greatest contribution is in looking at the origins of the Israelite deity and how there was tremendous crossover between the Israelites and the Canaanites/ Ugarit (chapter 3). This book is excellent for anyone who wants to delve into current religious scholarship outside of the classroom.

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