No Other Gods: Emergent Monotheism in Israel

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A&C Black, May 1, 1997 - Religion - 392 pages
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This is the first full-scale assessment of the theological, social and ideational implications of our new understandings of ancient Israel's social and religious development. Scholars now stress the gradual emergence of Israel out of the culture of ancient Palestine and the surrounding ancient Near East rather than contrast Israel with the ancient world. Our new paradigms stress the ongoing and unfinished nature of the monotheistic 'revolution', which is indeed still in process today. Gnuse takes a further bold step in setting the emergence of monotheism in a wider intellectual context: he argues brilliantly that the interpretation of Israel's development as both an evolutionary and revolutionary process corresponds to categories of contemporary evolutionary thought in the biological and palaeontological sciences (Punctuated Equilibrium).
  

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Contents

Chapter 2 RECENT SCHOLARSHIP ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MONOTHEISM IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
62
Chapter 3 MONOTHEISM IN ANCIENT ISRAELS WORLD
129
Chapter 4 HISTORY OF MONOTHEISM IN ISRAEL
177
Chapter 5 THE WORLDVIEW OF EMERGENT MONOTHEISM AMONG THE JEWS
229
Chapter 6 THE ONGOING TRADITION OF EMERGENT MONOTHEISM
274
Chapter 7 THE HEBREW BIBLE AND PROCESS THEOLOGY
298
Chapter 8 PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIA AS AN EVOLUTIONARY MODEL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND BIBLICAL STUDIES
321
Conclusions
346
Bibliography
357
Index of References
384
Index of Authors
387
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About the author (1997)

Robert Gnuse is Professor of Old Testament at Loyola University of the South, New Orleans, Louisiana.