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God's Favorites

  • Livre Relié
  • 200 Nombre de pages
Michael Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School and Director of Publications for the Harvard S... Lire la suite
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Michael Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the author of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction, and, most recently, The Ten Commandments: A Short History of an Ancient Text. He is also editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, The Oxford Encycopedia of the Books of the Bible, and Oxford Biblical Studies Online. He has written and edited many other articles and books and has appeared on such programs as Nova's "The Bible's Buried Secrets." Coogan has also taught at Stonehill College, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt.

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For readers interested in exploring the roots of their religious traditions, for critics of religious intolerance, and for anyone who wants to learn about the origins of the ethnic and religious animosities that persist to this day

Throughout history, in the service of politics and power, the biblical concept of chosen people has been used to justify prejudice, persecution, invasion, and genocide. In God's Favorites, prominent biblical scholar Michael Coogan critiques the idea of "chosenness" in Judaism and Christianity. Coogan argues that it is not God who chooses individuals and groups but rather that groups describe themselves as divinely chosen to rationalize their view of themselves as superior to others. Explaining biblical texts as only one deeply versed in the languages and histories of biblical world can, he then shows how the claim of divine choice has been used from biblical times to the present, often with pernicious consequences, to enhance a group's self-importance and to legitimate its territorial expansion. In place of the idea of chosenness, Coogan calls for a renewed focus on the Bible's universal themes and the idea that God is not partial to any one group of people.

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Titre: God's Favorites
Sous-titre: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness
Code EAN: 9780807001943
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0194-3
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Random House N.Y.
Genre: Religion et théologie
nombre de pages: 200
Année: 2019