The Resource Idolatry, Moshe Halbertal, Avishai Margalit ; translated by Naomi Goldblum

Idolatry, Moshe Halbertal, Avishai Margalit ; translated by Naomi Goldblum

Label
Idolatry
Title
Idolatry
Statement of responsibility
Moshe Halbertal, Avishai Margalit ; translated by Naomi Goldblum
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • heb
  • eng
Summary
""You shall have no other gods besides Me." This injunction, handed down through Moses three thousand years ago, marks one of the most decisive shifts in Western culture: away from polytheism toward monotheism. Despite the momentous implications of such a turn, the role of idolatry in giving it direction and impetus is little understood. This book examines the meaning and nature of idolatry--and, in doing so, reveals much about the monotheistic tradition that defines itself against this sin." "The authors consider Christianity and Islam, but focus primarily on Judaism. They explore competing claims about the concept of idolatry that emerges in the Hebrew Bible, as a "whoring after false gods." Does such a description, grounded in an analogy of sexual relations, presuppose the actual existence of other gods with whom some one might sin? Or are false gods the product of "men's hands," simply a matter of misguided belief? The authors show how this debate, over idolatry as practice or error, has taken shape and has in turn shaped the course of Western thought--from the differentiation between Jewish and Christian conceptions of God to the distinctions between true and false belief that inform the tradition of religious enlightenment." "Ranging with authority from the Talmud to Maimonides, from Marx to Nietzsche and on to G. E. Moore, this brilliant account of a subject central to our culture also has much to say about metaphor, myth, and the application of philosophical analysis to religious concepts and sensibilities. Its insights into pluralism and intolerance, into the logic and illogic of the arguments religions aim at each other, make Idolatry especially timely and valuable in these days of dark and implacable religious difference."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Halbertal, Moshe
Index
index present
LC call number
BL485
LC item number
.H34 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Margalit, Avishai
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Idolatry
  • Idolâtrie
  • Idolatry
  • Afgodendienst
  • Jodendom
  • Idololatrie
  • Judentum
  • Judentum
  • Idololatrie
Label
Idolatry, Moshe Halbertal, Avishai Margalit ; translated by Naomi Goldblum
Link
https://archive.org/details/idolatry00halb
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation from Hebrew
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-293) 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
Introduction -- Idolatry and betrayal -- Idolatry and representation -- Idolatry and myth -- Idolatry as error -- The wrong god -- The ethics of belief -- From idolatrous belief to idolatrous practice -- Idolatry and political authority -- Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9780674443136
Lccn
91033312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24628746
  • (OCoLC)ocm24628746
Label
Idolatry, Moshe Halbertal, Avishai Margalit ; translated by Naomi Goldblum
Link
https://archive.org/details/idolatry00halb
Publication
Note
Translation from Hebrew
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-293) 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
Introduction -- Idolatry and betrayal -- Idolatry and representation -- Idolatry and myth -- Idolatry as error -- The wrong god -- The ethics of belief -- From idolatrous belief to idolatrous practice -- Idolatry and political authority -- Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9780674443136
Lccn
91033312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24628746
  • (OCoLC)ocm24628746

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