(theism) Historiography and Peter
kdlitwak at concentric.net
Thu Feb 18 01:15:32 EST 1999
I simply want to say a hearty thaks to Andrew for posting this. His
point is very important IMO. Before someone denies monotheism in any
period, they ought to define what they mean by that.
Andrew C Smith wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:34:24 +0200 "Jonathan D. Safren" writes:
> >I don't side with Ian (or the Copenhagen School) in the late dating of
> >the Tanakh, but I do hold a somewhat similar opinion as to the
> >relatively late origin - or at least flowetring - of monotheism.
> > there is plenty of evidence from other books of the
> >Bible to demonstrate that monotheism was not the normative belief of
> >the majority of Israelites until at least the Deuteronomistic Reform,
> >it began to catch on.
> When we talk about this topic, I think that it's important we distinguish
> between two different questions:
> [a] when (if ever) did monotheism become the majority or mainstream view
> among Israelites?
> [b] was monotheism the view of the authors of the Tanakh and a tiny,
> embattled minority group within Israel which had remained loyal to YHVH
> even when the mainstream culture continued to be poly-, heno-, or
> otherwise non-mono-theistic?
> These two questions are quite independent, and need to be separated from
> each other.
> A.C. Smith
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