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The Idea of Monotheism: The Evolution of a Foundational Concept
Shechter, Jack

Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2018 pp. xi + 173. $34.99

Description: Jack Shechter offers a detailed clarification of the ideational development within each of the tenets that flow from the Oneness of God that is the core of the monotheistic idea as it has evolved over the centuries. The Idea of Monotheism historically traces the concept of God as it emerged in the ongoing life of the people in specific time periods; it reflects the newly perceived perspectives about the deity due to changing times, locales, and climates of opinion. However, so profoundly One is God in Judaism, these transformations had not effect whatever on this eternally uniform substance. Thus, what man did over time was to uncover God's true nature; he unraveled that which was always thereóthe nonexistence of other gods and His universality.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, History of Judaism, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by James W. Haring
Published 8/6/2020
Citation: James W. Haring, review of Jack Shechter, The Idea of Monotheism: The Evolution of a Foundational Concept, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


Review by Michael Simone, S.J.
Published 2/13/2020
Citation: Michael Simone, S.J., review of Jack Shechter, The Idea of Monotheism: The Evolution of a Foundational Concept, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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