Other Gods and Idols: The Relationship Between the Worship of Other Gods and the Worship of Idols Within the Old Testament

Other Gods and Idols: The Relationship Between the Worship of Other Gods and the Worship of Idols Within the Old Testament

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Overview

This study questions why the relationship between the worship of other gods and the worship of idols within the Old Testament is difficult to define, acknowledging how various traditions have seen these two issues as synonymous and others have viewed them as separate commandments.

Judge argues that there are four factors at play in this diversity. He introduces the first three through an examination of the relationship between the prohibitions listed in the biblical text, and the fourth through a study of the biblical depiction of the war against idols before and after the fall of the Northern Kingdom. Judge argues that texts depicting the era before the fall provide a context in which there are strong grounds to distinguishing the worship of the “wrong gods” and the worship of the right God in the wrong way. However, texts depicting the era after the fall provide a context in which the issues appear to have been fused.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567684288
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Series: The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies , #674
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Thomas A. Judge is Tutor in Old Testament at King's School of Theology, and Lecturer in Old Testament at St John's College, Durham University, UK.

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