Divine Substitution: Humanity as the Manifestation of Deity in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

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English summary: Divine Substitution is an investigation of ancient conceptualizations of divine presence. Specifically, this thesis investigates the possibility that the ancient Mesopotamian conceptualization of cultic and royal statues, thought to actually manifest the presence of gods and kings, can likewise be found in ancient Israel. Despite the overly pessimistic view of the later biblical authors, material objects were almost certainly believed to extend and manifest the presence of God in pre-exilic Israel (e.g., ...

Divine Substitution: Humanity as the Manifestation of Deity in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East 2013, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Goettingen

ISBN-13: 9783525536124

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