2012 QED Seal Recipient (Quality, Excellence, Design)2013 Publishing Innovation Awards: Finalist, Non-Fiction2013 IndieReader Discovery Awards: Winner of the Religion category One of the main purposes of this eBook is to show that the Bible is a document written by many different ancient peoples. It explains how, when, and possibly why the various theological ideas arose - and how those ideas have been altered by later translation decisions. The focus of the eBook is on the centuries long mainstream belief of Hebrew and Christian worshippers that their "God" is masculine. That was not the intent of many early biblical writers. Instead, an imageless, inclusive She/He Deity was postulated. This eBook explores that thesis. It documents what literary devices early religious writers used to portray a gender inclusive Deity. Topics discussed are the use of plurals, mother/father language, gendered words, poetic parallelism, Spirit and Wisdom as feminine dimensions, and names or labels for the Deity - and how these devices have been obscured in English translations.
The origin of the Deity name YHWH is traced and linked to early mythology of the ancient Goddess IO and the ancient nation of Ahhiyhwh in Anatolia (modern day Turkey). Finally, the idea of a neuter, gender inclusive Deity is traced through the story of Jesus Christ. The concepts presented in this eBook, based on a study of early Hebrew and Greek texts, are very different from the teachings of many contemporary religions.
To visually demonstrate this material 83 illustrations of ancient sculptures/artifacts, maps, and diagrams are included. Also included are endnotes, bibliography, and index.
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Published August 6, 2012
by J. J. McKenzie.
Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.