monolatry


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the worship of a single god but without claiming that it is the only god

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This absolute idea of the divine distinguishes monotheism from henotheism, which, for a human group, means recognizing the authority of only one god among others, or monolatry, which characterizes the fact of worshipping only one god among others.
namely, that in the recent history of religions there has been a development from monolatry to monotheism.
What is at issue in this conception of idolatry is not so much whether the false gods are real, but whether they are worshipful; monolatry rather than monotheism.
The discovery in 1989 of a collection of statues at Luxor established that even before his son Amenophis IV, better known as Akhenaton, the father of Tutankhamun, advocated monolatry, the worship of only one god, Amenophis III had already assimilated the theory, aligning himself with the Sun God Aton.
While he admits that the evidence still allows for an eventual monolatry in ancient Israel, if not Yahwistic normativity, the postmodern interpretive slant (with which he does not disagree) is a suspicion of the biblical narrative's marginalization of goddesses or other forms of worship.
The first two essays treat the transformation of ancient Israelite religion from idolatry and monolatry to exclusive monotheism in the period before and after the Babylonian conquest of the kingdom of Judah.
But in the biblical case we are discussing, these truths had no support from a higher prajna [wisdom]; on the other hand, they were under the gravitational pull of a different kind of vision, the vision that derived from monolatry and prophetism.
While Sigmund Freud's book Moses and Monotheism lacked the sort of scholarly rigor that archaeologists or biblical scholars would today understand as essential to the methodologies of their respective disciplines, Klein's elaborations, whether all or only some will end up being part of the scholarly literature of the future, do serve to rectify an imbalance by which biblical scholarship has tipped perhaps too heavily toward Canaanite and Babylonian origins of biblical mythology (using that term in the proper sense of narratives that define the meaning of ritual, as in Genesis 1), and not exploited deeply enough the Egyptian influence on early Jewish monolatry.
This central place of Yahweh reflected an inherent tendency toward Yahwistic monolatry (vol.