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Pluralities, Pairings, and Other Divine Relations

Mark S. Smith

in The Origins of Biblical Monotheism

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134803
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834655 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513480X.003.0005
Pluralities, Pairings, and Other Divine Relations

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Chapter 4 discusses different sorts of divine intersections or interrelations, including pluralities and pairings of deities within the divine household, where there are additional relationships centered on one or two figures. These relationships are explored to illustrate further the root metaphor of the family for Ugaritic divinity. After this survey of relations among the Ugaritic deities, the final section of the chapter explores alterations of divine relations within the presentation of divinity in ancient Israel.

Keywords: divine household; divine relationships; Israelite deities; Israelite texts; paired deities; patrimonial household; plural deities; religious history; Ugaritic deities; Ugaritic texts

Chapter.  7331 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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