The Origin and Character of God

Ancient Israelite Religion through the Lens of Divinity
Oxford University Press
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Few topics are as broad or as daunting as the God of Israel, that deity of the world's three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, who has been worshiped over millennia. In the Hebrew Bible, God is characterized variously as militant, beneficent, inscrutable, loving, and judicious. Who is this divinity that has been represented as masculine and feminine, mythic and real, transcendent and intimate? The Origin and Character of God is Theodore J. Lewis's monumental study of the vast subject that is the God of Israel. In it, he explores questions of historical origin, how God was characterized in literature, and how he was represented in archaeology and iconography. He also brings us into the lived reality of religious experience. Using the window of divinity to peer into the varieties of religious experience in ancient Israel, Lewis explores the royal use of religion for power, prestige, and control; the intimacy of family and household religion; priestly prerogatives and cultic status; prophetic challenges to injustice; and the pondering of theodicy by poetic sages. A volume that is encyclopedic in scope but accessible in tone, The Origin and Character of God is an essential addition to the growing scholarship of one of humanity's most enduring concepts.
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Theodore J. Lewis is the Blum-Iwry Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Cults of the Dead in Ancient Israel and Ugarit and co-author of Ugaritic Narrative Poetry. He is General Editor of the multi-volume Writings from the Ancient World translation series and the co-editor with Gary Beckman of Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion. He is former editor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Hebrew Annual Review. His research has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Chapter One: Introductory Matters Chapter Two: The History of Scholarship on Ancient Israelite Religion - A Brief Sketch Chapter Three: Methodology Chapter Four: El Worship Chapter Five: The Iconography of Divinity - El Section I: Methodology and Iconography Section II: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and Divine Images Section III: The Iconography of Ugaritic 'Ilu Section IV: The Iconography of Israelite El Chapter Six: The Origin of Yahweh Section I: The Meaning and Revelation of the Name Yahweh in the Hebrew Bible Section II: The Name Yahweh in Extra-Biblical and Epigraphic Sources Section III: The Geographic Origins of Yahwistic Traditions and the Debate Concerning Chapter Seven: The Iconography of Divinity - Yahweh Section I: The Iconography of Yahweh: Anthropomorphic and Theriomorphic Traditions Section II: The Iconography of Yahweh: Aniconic and Abstract Traditions Chapter Eight: The Characterization of the Deity Yahweh Part One: Yahweh as Warrior and Family God Section I: Yahweh as Divine Warrior Section II: Yahweh the Compassionate and Family Religion Chapter Nine: The Characterization of the Deity Yahweh Part Two: Yahweh as King and Yahweh as Judge Section I: Yahweh as King Section II: Yahweh as Judge Chapter Ten: The Characterization of the Deity Yahweh Part Three: Yahweh as Holy Conclusion Notes Works Cited Index
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