Sociological study of the Bible

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byLouis Wallis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1912 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV THE "INCREASE" OF YAHWEH1 The evolution of ancient society brought with it an evolution of ideas about the gods.--It is well known among students of the history of religion that the coalescence of ancient social groups into larger groups always brought with it the rise of some particular deity, thrusting the cult of that god up to a new eminence of distinction. Thus, when the Assyrians founded their national government, and when their king became supreme over other kings, their god Ashur became supreme over other gods.2 In Babylonia, Marduk, the god of the city of Babylon, rose to lordship over his local rivals.3 "The priests of Marduk," writes Jastrow, "set the fashion in theological thought. So far as possible, the ancient traditions and myths were reshaped so as to contribute to the glory of Marduk. The chief part in the work of creation is assigned to him."4 It was the pious belief of Hammurabi that he was the favorite of Marduk, and that the power of this god brought success to the Babylonian king. In the same way, the Egyptian deity Amon, originally the god of the city of Thebes, rose to an imperial place as Thebes advanced in importance. "The triumph of a Theban family," writes Breasted, "had brought with it the supremacy of Amon It was not until now that he became the great god of the state He now rose to a unique and supreme position of unprecedented splendor."1 In illustration of the same principle, Steindorff writes: 1 The term "increase" comes from Jeremiah, as below. 2 Sayce, Babylonians and Assyrians (New York, iooo), p. 256. 3 Goodspeed, History of the Babylonians and Assyrians (New York, 1906), p. 115. Jastrow, Religion of Babylonia and Assyria (Boston, 1898), p. 691. Cf. chaps. vii and xxi. In the beginning there was no uniform...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1912 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV THE "INCREASE" OF YAHWEH1 The evolution of ancient society brought with it an evolution of ideas about the gods.--It...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217050824

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