The Idea of Monotheism

The Evolution of a Foundational Concept

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Jack Shechter
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Hamilton Books
    , July
     186 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Randy Goldson forthcoming.


Jack Shechter offers a detailed clarification of the ideational development within each of the tenets that flow from the Oneness of God that is the core of the monotheistic idea as it has evolved over the centuries. The Idea of Monotheismhistorically traces the concept of God as it emerged in the ongoing life of the people in specific time periods; it reflects the newly perceived perspectives about the deity due to changing times, locales, and climates of opinion. However, so profoundly One is God in Judaism, these transformations had not effect whatever on this eternally uniform substance. Thus, what man did over time was to uncover God's true nature; he unraveled that which was always there—the nonexistence of other gods and His universality.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jack Shechter is an ordained rabbi, was Associate Professor at the University of Judaism and is the author of The Land of Israel: Its Theological Dimensions and Journey of a Rabbi.


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