Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

YHWH in Ancient Israel: Polytheism and Monotheism in Light of Textual Interpretation of the Tanakh
by Bernard, David I., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 100; 10604722
Abstract (Summary)

The question concerning polytheism among some ancient Israelites and a later mono- theistic YHWH is seen by some to be an evolutionary development. The present writer will present an interpretation of the Tanakh that challenges this concept. Monotheism is not as strict as is often assumed.

The writers of the Tanakh did not present YHWH as amidst gods early and as a sole deity later. Interpretation of “monotheistic” texts do not militate against the notion of other gods. Rather than denying the existence of these gods, these texts show the incomparability of YHWH. A theistic realm vacuous of any other deity was never intended by the writers of the Tanakh. It is the contention of the present writer that a re-evaluation is in order concerning YHWH’s relationship to other gods as a qualified monotheism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stewart, David T.
Commitee: Jones, F. Stanley, Piar, Carlos R.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion
Keywords: Interpretation, Israel, Monotheism, Polytheism, Yhwh
Publication Number: 10604722
ISBN: 9780355230284
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