Of God and Gods: Egypt, Israel, And The Rise Of Monotheism by Jan AssmannOf God and Gods: Egypt, Israel, And The Rise Of Monotheism by Jan Assmann

Of God and Gods: Egypt, Israel, And The Rise Of Monotheism

byJan Assmann

Paperback | May 21, 2008

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$33.39 online 
$35.50 list price save 5%
Earn 167 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

For thousands of years, our world has been shaped by biblical monotheism. But its hallmark—a distinction between one true God and many false gods—was once a new and radical idea. Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace.
    Jan Assmann, one of the most distinguished scholars of ancient Egypt working today, traces the concept of a true religion back to its earliest beginnings in Egypt and describes how this new idea took shape in the context of the older polytheistic world that it rejected. He offers readers a deepened understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on his concept of the “Mosaic distinction,” which conceives an exclusive and emphatic Truth that sets religion apart from beliefs shunned as superstition, paganism, or heresy.
    Without a theory of polytheism, Assmann contends, any adequate understanding of monotheism is impossible.

Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association

About The Author

Jan Assmann is professor emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg. He is also Honorary Professor of Cultural Theory at Konstanz University and had been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. A priz...
From Akhenaten to Moses: Ancient Egypt and Religious Change
From Akhenaten to Moses: Ancient Egypt and Religious Change

by Jan Assmann

$19.19$23.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Egipto a la luz de una teoría pluralista de la cultura
Egipto a la luz de una teoría pluralista de la cultura

by Jan Assmann

$5.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Religio Duplex: How the Enlightenment Reinvented Egyptian Religion
Religio Duplex: How the Enlightenment Reinvented Egyptian Religion

by Jan Assmann

$21.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:Of God and Gods: Egypt, Israel, And The Rise Of MonotheismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 21, 2008Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299225542

ISBN - 13:9780299225544

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Of God and Gods: Egypt, Israel, And The Rise Of Monotheism

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

“Of God and Gods deserves to be studied carefully by all scholars and students of the history of monotheism, and Assmann’s unique ability as a scholar of comparative religion and as an Egyptologist has allowed him to access the biblical texts with an insight and vigour mostly unmatched by those who have attempted to study the Hebrew Bible in isolation on this very relevant topic.”—Brian R. Doak, Religion