Previously it was believed that monotheism gradually evolved in Israel's history, becoming influential, say, during the major prophets in the eighth century B.C. Archaeological evidence now suggests that polytheism, at least on a popular level, continued to vie with monotheism for centuries afterward. 160 pages, softcover. Westminster/John Knox.
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Failed to convince me.
Date:January 9, 2014
It is clear from reading the Old Testament, that Israel was confronted with other religions and other gods, and regularly warned by prophets or others to worship Yahweh only. As an evangelical, I was hoping to find a book that would explain who these other gods were and how they might have influenced Israel in turning away from their own God. This book totally failed to convince me, as the argument of the author was based on a few hard to understand verses, and he consistently tried to push his point forward by jumping to conclusions that fit his view. For example, the commandment to have no other gods, implies, according to this author, a recognition that there were other gods. Basicaly, he is out to prove that Israel worshiped many gods, and the view we find in the Bible was mostly the result of those who wrote history, and managed to pass their monotheism as if it were the only true faith. Comparisons with ideas of gods in surrounding religions are tenuous at best, and totaly fail to see that Israel's faith, even when badly practiced, was different from that of other nations. Of course, as an evangelical, I give credit to the Bible as being the word of God that he intended for believers to remember and learn from. Once you think the Bible is only another religious writing put together by a religious elite to give themselves a History, I guess it becomes just one among many other equivalent religions that happened to be practiced by some near eastern people. This is my first critique ever, but this book is so full of intellectual dishonesty that I coudl keep quiet.