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The Memoirs of God: History, Memory, and the Experience of the Divine in Ancient Israel

The Memoirs of God: History, Memory, and the Experience of the Divine in Ancient Israel

by Mark SmithMark Smith
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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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ISBN-13: 9780800634858
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/12/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark S. Smith is Skirball Professor of Bible and Near Eastern Studies at New York University. He is the author of The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus (1997), The Early History of God (2d ed.; 2000), and The Origins of Biblical Monotheism (2001).

Table of Contents



Time Lines: Periods, Events, and Writings



The Biblical Backdrop to the Story

Introduction: The Bible and the Task of History

The Mythic Period of Moses

The Period of the Judges (ca. 1200-1000?)

The Period of the Monarchy (ca. 1000-586)

The "Exile" (ca. 586-538)

The Persian Period (ca. 540-333)

Challenges to Israel during the Biblical Period

Premonarchic Challenges

The Challenges of the United Monarchy: Saul, David, Solomon

The Challenges of the Divided Monarchy

Responses to the Fall of Judah and Jerusalem (586)

Persian Period Challenges

Textual Creations as Responses to Postexilic Life

Concluding Remarks and Reflections

Biblical Monotheism and the Structures of Divinity


Structures of Divinity: Deities versus Divine Monsters

The Divine Council and the Divine Family: From Polytheistic Ugaritic through Polytheistic Israel to Monotheistic Israel

Monotheism: From Crises to New Religious Vision

The Formation of Israel's Concepts of God: Collective Memory and Amnesia in the Bible


Collective Memory and Amnesia

Re-membering Divinity at Mount Sinai

"Methods of Monotheism" and Collective Memory

Cultural Memory and Amnesia of Divinity through the Lens of Divine Oneness

Postscript: Biblical Memory between Theology and History

Biblical Narrative and Systematic Theology

Revelation, Tradition, and the Idolatry of History

The Paradox of Revelation: Eternal yet Temporal

Revelation and the Limits of the Biblical Canon

Biblical Supersessionism

World Theology

Sources and Bibliogrpahy


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