God's Favorites: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness

God's Favorites: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness

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Overview

Throughout history, in the service of politics and power, the biblical concept of chosen people has been used to justify prejudice, persecution, invasion, and genocide. In God's Favorites, prominent biblical scholar Michael Coogan critiques the idea of chosenness in Judaism and Christianity. Coogan argues that it is not God who chooses individuals and groups but rather that groups describe themselves as divinely chosen to rationalize their view of themselves as superior to others. He then shows how the claim of divine choice has been used from biblical times to the present, often with pernicious consequences, to enhance a group's self-importance and to legitimate its territorial expansion. In place of the idea of chosenness, Coogan calls for a renewed focus on the Bible's universal themes and the idea that God is not partial to any one group of people.


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ISBN-13: 9781520097909
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He has written and edited many articles and books and has appeared on such programs as Nova's The Bible's Buried Secrets. Coogan has also taught at Stonehill College, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt.

Jeff Zinn is an experienced narrator, actor, and director with more than thirty years of experience. Best known for his work as the artistic director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, he has produced or directed more than 150 of their productions. He currently resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1
Presuppositions
Map of the Near East

CHAPTER 2
Abraham and Sons
Timeline

CHAPTER 3
His Name Is Jealous
Map of Ancient Israel and Its Neighbors

CHAPTER 4
Divinely Chosen Kings and Kingdoms

CHAPTER 5
Which Survivors Were Chosen?

CHAPTER 6
Christians as a New Chosen People

CHAPTER 7
Beyond the Bible: Sacred Texts and Sacred Places

CHAPTER 8
God Shed His Light on Thee?

CHAPTER 9
Fundamentalist Zionisms

CHAPTER 10
Immigrants and Refugees, Ideals and Realities

CHAPTER 11
Beyond Tribalism

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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