The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism
by André Lemaire
“A very clearly written and informative book, which will be welcomed by anyone seriously interested in Biblical religion.”
—Ronald. S. Hendel, University of California, Berkeley
“Clear, concise and carefully crafted.”
—P. Kyle McCarter, Johns Hopkins University
In this groundbreaking book—accessible to laypeople and scholars alike—André Lemaire, a world-renowned expert on the ancient world, explores the development of perhaps the most important idea in the history of humankind: the concept of a single, universal God. Lemaire traces this key idea from its precursor—the religion of ancient Israel, which worshiped a single God but accepted the idea that other nations would have gods of their own to worship—to the development of classic, universal monotheism during the crisis of the Babylonian Exile and after.