The Origins of Biblical Monotheism

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Author  Mark S. Smith
Publisher  Oxford University Press
Publication Date   November 6, 2003
ISBN  0195167686
Pages  352

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According to the Bible, ancient Israel's neighbors worshipped a wide variety of gods. In recent years, scholars have sought a better understanding of this early polytheistic milieu and its relation to Yahweh, the God of Israel. Drawing on ancient Ugaritic texts and looking closely at Ugaritic deities, Mark Smith examines the meaning of "divinity" in the ancient near East and considers how this concept applies to Yahweh.

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