Hebrew Bible 16 - Hebrew Bible Lecture 16 o In what sense...

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Hebrew Bible Lecture 16 February 15, 2008 o In what sense were the people wrong to pray to many gods? Was it because they didn’t exist, or because they did exist but were not allowed to pray to them? Where they wrong on a practical level or moral level? o Is the bible a monotheistic book? o Complexity: o The authors of the biblical text may or may not have been typical of ancient Israelites. Is bible monotheistic is a different question than are all the ancient Israelites in general monotheistic? o Scholars of religion notice that people would pray to one god with out necessarily saying that there is only one god. o Monolatry/henotheism the belief that you should worship only one god, but a monolatrous person might be monotheistic or polytheistic (i.e. believes there is more than one god, but only worships one). o ISRAELITES and monolatry o Evidence is mixed: Hosea suggests that Israelites are praying to Ba’al gods, other Israelite prophets make this complaint. Judges frequently criticizes them for praying to many gods. o Archeological evidence: from seals and ancient letters we know the names of a lot of ancient people. These Semitic names often make a statement about a god or gods. o
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