By Benjamin D. Sommer
Within the our bodies of God and the realm of old Israel, Benjamin D. Sommer investigates the concept of a deity's physique and self in historical Israel, Canaan, and Mesopotamia. He uncovers a misplaced historic close to jap conception of divinity in keeping with which a necessary distinction among gods and people used to be that gods had multiple physique and fluid, unbounded selves. although the dominant traces of biblical faith rejected it, a monotheistic model of this theological instinct is located in a few biblical texts. Later Jewish and Christian thinkers inherited this historical frame of mind; principles reminiscent of the sefirot in kabbalah and the trinity in Christianity signify a past due model of this theology. This e-book forces us to reconsider the excellence among monotheism and polytheism, as this inspiration of divine fluidity is located in either polytheistic cultures (Babylonia, Assyria, Canaan) and monotheistic ones (biblical faith, Jewish mysticism, Christianity), while it truly is absent in a few polytheistic cultures (classical Greece). The our bodies of God and the area of historical Israel has very important repercussions not just for biblical scholarship and comparative faith yet for Jewish-Christian discussion.