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God's Favorites: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness

Hardback|Apr 2019
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:For readers interested in exploring the roots of their religious traditions, for critics of religious intolerance, and for anyone who wants to learn about the origins of the ethnic and religious animosities that persist to this day Throughout...


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:For readers interested in exploring the roots of their religious traditions, for critics of religious intolerance, and for anyone who wants to learn about the origins of the ethnic and religious animosities that persist to this day

Throughout history, in the service of politics and power, the biblical concept of chosen people has been used to justify prejudice, persecution, invasion, and genocide. In God's Favorites, prominent biblical scholar Michael Coogan critiques the idea of "chosenness" in Judaism and Christianity. Coogan argues that it is not God who chooses individuals and groups but rather that groups describe themselves as divinely chosen to rationalize their view of themselves as superior to others. Explaining biblical texts as only one deeply versed in the languages and histories of biblical world can, he then shows how the claim of divine choice has been used from biblical times to the present, often with pernicious consequences, to enhance a group's self-importance and to legitimate its territorial expansion. In place of the idea of chosenness, Coogan calls for a renewed focus on the Bible's universal themes and the idea that God is not partial to any one group of people.

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 536118
  • Product Code 9780807001943
  • ISBN 0807001945
  • EAN 9780807001943
  • Pages 160
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Beacon Press
  • Publication Date Apr 2019
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 22mm
  • Weight 0.566kg

Michael David Coogan

Michael D. Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. Among other works, he is editor of "The New Oxford Annotated Bible" and Oxford Biblical Studies Online.

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