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The Resource God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism, Jonathan Kirsch

God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism, Jonathan Kirsch

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God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism
Title
God against the gods
Title remainder
the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism
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Jonathan Kirsch
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Language
eng
Summary
In this ... book, [the author] explores the final struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world, a war that was fought by a series of charismatic, visionary but also violent monarchs in the name of the One True God - an Egyptian pharaoh, a Jewish king, and two Roman emperors. Contrary to the conventional wisdom of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the world of classical paganism was not steeped in sin. In fact, [according to the author], religious liberty and diversity were core values of classical paganism, and it was monotheism that introduced the terrors of true belief, including holy war, martyrdom, inquisitions, and crusades.-Dust jacket
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DLC
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1949-
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Kirsch, Jonathan
Dewey number
291.1/4
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BL221
LC item number
.K57 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Monotheism
  • Polytheism
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God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism, Jonathan Kirsch
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-321) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The everlasting fire -- bk. 1. The god that failed: Against all the gods of Egypt : a young pharaoh's experiment in monotheism and why it failed. What did pagans do? : the case against classical paganism, and why it was wrong. Terror and true belief: The Jewish king who reinvented the faith of ancient Israel. Confessors and traitors: pagans and Christians go to war in ancient Rome -- bk. 2. War of God against the gods: "In this sign, conquer": the curious encounter of Christ and Constantine in the struggle for the Roman crown. The harlot in the bishop's bed : the war within the Christian church over the divinity of Christ. The ruler of the whole world : the invention of the totalitarian state by the first Christian Emperor of Rome. The orphans of Macellum : The Christian prince who survived a blood purge and struggled for the restoration of paganism. The secret pagan : Gods, empresses, and Julian's unlikely rise to the imperial throne. "Behold, the rivers are running backwards" : the pagan counterrevolution of the Emperor Julian. The handless scribe : the price of victory of the only true god
Control code
52464575
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 336 pages
Isbn
9780670032860
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003053793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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Label
God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism, Jonathan Kirsch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The everlasting fire -- bk. 1. The god that failed: Against all the gods of Egypt : a young pharaoh's experiment in monotheism and why it failed. What did pagans do? : the case against classical paganism, and why it was wrong. Terror and true belief: The Jewish king who reinvented the faith of ancient Israel. Confessors and traitors: pagans and Christians go to war in ancient Rome -- bk. 2. War of God against the gods: "In this sign, conquer": the curious encounter of Christ and Constantine in the struggle for the Roman crown. The harlot in the bishop's bed : the war within the Christian church over the divinity of Christ. The ruler of the whole world : the invention of the totalitarian state by the first Christian Emperor of Rome. The orphans of Macellum : The Christian prince who survived a blood purge and struggled for the restoration of paganism. The secret pagan : Gods, empresses, and Julian's unlikely rise to the imperial throne. "Behold, the rivers are running backwards" : the pagan counterrevolution of the Emperor Julian. The handless scribe : the price of victory of the only true god
Control code
52464575
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 336 pages
Isbn
9780670032860
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003053793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map

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