Christian Books, Bibles, Music & More - 1.888.395.0572
Call our Toll Free Number:
1-877-205-6402
Find us on:
Follow Us On 

Twitter!   Join Us On Facebook!

Christian Bookstore .Net is a leading online Christian book store.

Shop Christian Books, Bibles, Jewelry, Church Supplies, Homeschool Curriculum & More!

Memoirs of God [Paperback]

By Mark S. Smith, Ulla Hytti (Editor), Friederike Welter (Editor), Megan Abbott (Introduction by), Alan Bomar Jones (Narrator) & C. A. Rodger
Our Price $ 27.75  
 
 
Item Number 145478  
Buy New $27.75

Item Specifications...

Pages   187
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800634853  
EAN  9780800634858  


Availability  70 units.
Availability accurate as of May 25, 2017 07:08.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.


Item Description...
Overview
This insightful work examines the variety of ways that collective memory, oral tradition, history, and history writing intersect. Integral to all this are the ways in which ancient Israel was shaped by the monarchy, the Babylonian exile, and the dispersions of Judeans and the ways in which Israel conceptualized and interacted with the divine--Yahweh as well as other deities.

Publishers Description
This insightful work examines the variety of ways that collective memory, oral tradition, history, and history writing intersect. Integral to all this are the ways in which ancient Israel was shaped by the monarchy, the Babylonian exile, and the dispersions of Judeans and the ways in which Israel conceptualized and interacted with the divine-Yahweh as well as other deities.

Buy Memoirs of God by Mark S. Smith, Ulla Hytti, Friederike Welter, Megan Abbott, Alan Bomar Jones & C. A. Rodger from our Christian Books store - isbn: 9780800634858 & 0800634853

The team at Christian Bookstore .Net welcome you to our Christian Book store! We offer the best selections of Christian Books, Bibles, Christian Music, Inspirational Jewelry and Clothing, Homeschool curriculum, and Church Supplies. We encourage you to purchase your copy of Memoirs of God by Mark S. Smith, Ulla Hytti, Friederike Welter, Megan Abbott, Alan Bomar Jones & C. A. Rodger today - and if you are for any reason not happy, you have 30 days to return it. Please contact us at 1-877-205-6402 if you have any questions.

More About Mark S. Smith, Ulla Hytti, Friederike Welter, Megan Abbott, Alan Bomar Jones & C. A. Rodger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo!
Mark S. Smith is Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. His publications include The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus (1997), The Ugaritic Baal Cycle (1994), The Early History of God (1990), as well as several other books on the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and West Semitic mythology and literature.


Mark S. Smith has an academic affiliation as follows - New York University University of Warwick University of Warwick Univer.

Mark S. Smith has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series; 42


Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.



Product Categories
1Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Israel   [1452  similar products]
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Faith   [4314  similar products]
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General   [6817  similar products]
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History   [2546  similar products]
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > General   [10297  similar products]
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Hermeneutics   [613  similar products]
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History   [4688  similar products]



Similar Products
The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (Biblical Resource Series)
The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel (Biblical Resource Series)
Item: 143624

The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel
The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts
Item: 2719754

Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods
Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods
Item: 63748

Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?
Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?
Item: 50225



Reviews - What do our customers think?
Repressed Cultural Memories  Jun 2, 2008
Mark S. Smith's book "Memoirs of God" is a condensed version of his other books, "The Early History of God" and "The Origins of Biblical Monotheism" for the general reader. In addition, Smith adds the element of cultural memory and amnesia to his previous books. The result is a fascinating look at the evolution of theological culture concepts in ancient Israel.

The early Isrealite concept of divinity was essentially polytheistic. According to Smith, the concept of divinity was modeled on the family, with a "patron god," a consort or wife, and a group of lesser divinities. The Isrealites apparently were influenced in this regard by Ugarit, an ancient near-Eastern country. When Israel became a united Monarchy in the 8th century BC, the concept of divinity began to change. After the Assyrian conquest and re-population, the re-conceptualization of divinity as monotheism was cemented. What happened was that after families were broken up, it was no longer logical to see the family as the model for divinity. The Isrealites could no longer look at individuals as being punished for the sins of their parents, for one thing. For another, in the old model of divinity, each country had a patron god, and if a country fell, then that god must have been punishing them, or was a false god. So instead of their being a patron god for each country, in the wake of the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles, Yahweh became the god of the whole universe, and the later writings from the "D" source (Deuteronomy) reflect this change in view. Vestiges of the old polytheistic view in the biblical writings could remain, as long as they could be re-interpreted within a Monotheistic framework. As a result, there was a cultural amnesia about Israel's polytheistic origins, or to put it another way, the memories of Israel's polytheism were repressed. The biblical writings are an expression of cultural memory and cultural amnesia.

Of course, that was just a general sketch of what Smith talks about in the book. This is highly recommended for non-scholars who want a background on biblical writings.
 
Better Have a Mind  May 9, 2007
Brilliantly written, Mark Stratton Smith takes you on an intellectual journey into the why's and wherefore's of Monotheistic belief.
It is certainly not for a reader with no background in the subject.
 
The Memoirs of God: History, Memory, and the Experience of the Divine in Ancient Isreal  Mar 8, 2007
The material presented by Mark Smith is an insightful interpretation of the collective memory of an ancient culture. The thoughts are well organized and easy to understand by a non academic.
 
Collective Memory and Collective Amnesia  Sep 4, 2006
Mark Smith writes in this book that the Hebrew Bible contains both the collective memory of ancient Israel and the collective amnesia. The first two chapters are representations of Israel's past in the Bible. This discussion begins about 1200 BCE and ends about the beginning of the Persian Period. The Dead Sea Scrolls get mentioned as examples of the longevity of ideas. The biblical history prior to 1200 BCE (Genesis, etc.) is explained as a memoir from a later period when Israel simply wished that life was not so painful as it was. In chapter 2, Smith focuses on the challanges facing Israel's existence. One of the basic questions was: who or what was an Israelite? Israel was not just the "twelve tribes." In chapter 3, Smith takes a look at the biblical representation of montheism in the Bible. In this chapter Smith looks at the monotheism of the Bible from the point ot view of the pantheon of Ugarit. If this is unfamiliar to the reader, the reader may want to consult Lowell Handy's _Among the Host of Heaven: The Syro-Palestinian Pantheon as Bureaucracy_ or other writings. In chapter 4, Smith introduces collective amnesia as proposed by various scholars.

In a postscript, Smith addresses the *theological* problem of how to deal with a revelation which may be related to both the language and culture of the Bible or which may be unrelated altogether. Those who study the Bible as a "single eternal" witness fail to understand the Bible's own witnesses. Yet the Bible as theology is an attempt to relate how Israel engaged the challanges it faced and, as a record, to help subsequent peoples to do the same.


Does a people collectively forget its oral history? Or do written records replace what we think people had thought when maybe they did and maybe they thought something else. Smith has a most thought-provoking book.
 

Write your own review about Memoirs of God





Customer Support: 1-888-395-0572
Welcome to Christian Bookstore .Net

Our team at Christian Bookstore .Net would like to welcome you to our site. Our Christian book store features over 150,000 Christian products including Bibles, Christian music, Christian books, jewelry, church supplies, Christian gifts, Sunday school curriculum, purity rings, homeschool curriculum and many other items to encourage you in your walk with God. Our mission is to provide you with quality Christian resources that you can benefit from and share with others. The best part is that our complete selection of Christian books and supplies is offered at up to 20% off of retail price! Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance in ordering at 1-888-395-0572. Have a blessed day.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Customer Support