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The God of Israel
Gordon, Robert†P., editor

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 pp. xvi + 307. $105.00

Series Information
University of Cambridge Oriental Publications, 64


Description: In the ancient Near East the God of Israel stands unique; he is the central character of the Old Testament. The collection of essays in this volume presents the historical background against which belief in him developed and discusses aspects of the topic that remain unresolved or largely unaddressed. What was he like? How does he differ from other gods of the ancient world? And what difference does the worship of this god make, both in the world of the Bible and now? The papers presented contribute to the continuing discussion about the God of Israel and other deities in the ancient Near East, and the emergence of monotheistic belief and worship. A multifaceted approach is adopted in which comparative, theological, historical, literary-critical, cultural, narratological, canonical, exegetical and ethical issues feature prominently.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Ben C. Ollenburger
Published 11/29/2008
Citation: Ben C. Ollenburger, review of Robert P. Gordon, ed., The God of Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Bruce A. Power
Published 4/4/2009
Citation: Bruce A. Power, review of Robert†P. Gordon, ed., The God of Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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