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The Origins of Biblical MonotheismIsrael's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts$
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Mark S. Smith

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513480X.001.0001

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Pluralities, Pairings, and Other Divine Relations

Pluralities, Pairings, and Other Divine Relations

(p.67) 4 Pluralities, Pairings, and Other Divine Relations
The Origins of Biblical Monotheism

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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

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