Can it be that those peoples and societies that stand outside Yahwism, the majority of humanity past and present, not only are less capable of ethical existence on Earth than their Yawhist neighbors, but are, in fact, doomed to an eternity of torture for their inability or unwillingness to embrace the capricious demands of the God of Abraham?
Indeed, does Yahwism offer us anything at all in the way of ethics?
Before that, he says, Yahwism
was monolatrous--worshiping one deity without denying the existence of others.
the official theology of king and temple, the theology of resistance groups, and in between various accommodations to traditional Yahwism
and court/temple religion.
It flies in the face of the cherished tenet of modern scholarship which holds that Israelite Yahwism
rather than Zoroastrianism broke with the static worldview of ancient myth and introduced the linear and teleological concepts of history which are foundational to Western culture.
piqued my interest by contrasting the religion of the Patriarchs ("ecumenical bonhommie," open, unstructured and nongeographical) with Mosaic Yahwism
(sectarian exclusiveness with regard to sacred place, moral and cultic content, marriage, leadership) (99).
The Torah describes a monotheistic and aniconic Yahwism
centered on a magnificent temple in Jerusalem battling backsliders into polytheistic Canaanite idolatry, while in contrast archaeology has revealed religious establishments outside the capital (e.
62) In Weinfeld's view, then, the authors of Deuteronomy, while devoted to their particular brand of Yahwism
, were willing to see a number of social and governmental activities deprived of their religious elements and consequently imbued with a more secular character.
The Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism
is a study that reacts to minimalist historians of the Bible in general and more specifically to views that Yahwism
was a late development.
40] One of the major contentions in Weep, O Daughter of Zion was that certain changes (including the use of Israelite themes, motifs, and imagery and of poetic techniques and devices characteristic of Hebrew canons of poetry, as well as other adaptations required by the monotheizing Yahwism
of Israel and Judah) could be expected in the city-lament genre as it was transmitted to Israel and Judah, and t his in fact turns out to be what can be observed from later, better documented historical periods.
was older than Moses, it was Moses who prevented this creed from merging completely with Baalism at the end of Late Bronze Age.
Second, running through much of Albertz' study is a sociological dichotomy drawn between an early egalitarian Yahwistic group opposed to domination and later distorters of this sort of Yahwism
, such as the monarchy.