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Idolatry: False Worship in the Bible, Early Judaism, and Christianity (Hardback)
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Idolatry: False Worship in the Bible, Early Judaism, and Christianity (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 10/05/2007
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The controversial concept of 'idolatry' holds immense theological, historical and cultural importance. From the Second Commandment on, arguably one of the greatest contributions of the Judeo-Christian tradition to human flourishing has been the critique of idolatry and its moral corollary, greed. Significantly, in the modern period, this critique of false religion has led even to the critique of religion itself. It has therefore been a major force in the formation and shaping of intellectual and religious traditions worldwide, especially in the West. "Idolatry" is a collection of nineteen authoritative essays on major aspects of this fascinating subject, unduly neglected in recent years. The coverage is varied and comprehensive, ranging across theoretical perspectives, the Old Testament, Early Judaism, the New Testament, Church History, and Christian Theology to the present day. The contributors are all authorities in their respective fields of study. In biblical studies, there is John Barclay, Stephen C. Barton, Helen Bond, Mark Bonnington, Crispin Fletcher-Louis, Robert Hayward, David Horrell, Nathan MacDonald, Christopher Rowland, and Stuart Weeks. In "Church History and Christian Theology", there is David Clough, Andrew Goddard, Carol Harrison, Trevor Hart, Timothy Jenkins, Gerard Loughlin, Paul Murray, Bernd Wannenwetsch, and Graham Ward.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567083234
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 25 mm


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"Certainly Phua's contribution here will be to have many scholars recheck their own assumptions regarding the ethnicity of the "strong" and "weak" in Corinth, the factor of accommodation to idolatry by Diaspora Jews, and the Pauline view regarding connections between pagan idolatry and objective demonic entities. All scholars interested in these fascinating chapters of 1 Corinthians will want to consider these factors and how confident any of us can be in understanding the compilations faced by early followers of Jesus as they tried to integrate their faith into their cultural contexts."- Scott E. McClelland, Review of Biblical Literature, August 2008--Sanford Lakoff "Review of Biblical Literature "
"[There is a] surprising amount of cohesion and evenness for such a collection. This cohesiveness, along with the addition of a select bibliography on idolatry, results in a helpful supplementary text for instructors teaching on the subject." - Amos Yong, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 35 No. 1, March 2009.--Sanford Lakoff "Religious Studies Review "

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