No Gods But One by Daniel Berrigan

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On the face of it, Deuteronomy seems to be a book filled with triumph — the pronouncement of the commandments, the end of the Israelites’ long exile, the coming of the Promised Land.

But Daniel Berrigan here turns a searching eye toward this text and finds its darker side. Moses, the people’s leader for forty years, is denied entrance to the land he dreamt about. The people desperately create a golden calf to worship even as God is giving Moses the two tablets. The Promised Land, full of milk and honey, is also full of inhabitants — gaining entrance means destroying or driving out a number of its people.

Berrigan draws clear parallels between Deuteronomy’s time of mingled triumph and broken law and our own moment in history, uncovering the stories within the story of this complex biblical book. With both great grace and incisive candor, he turns Deuteronomy inside out and makes us look at it — and ourselves — in a fresh light.

About Daniel Berrigan

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Daniel Berrigan is a poet, peace activist, and renowned author. His other writings include Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine, The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power (Eerdmans), and Swords into Plowshares. He is the recipient of several award
Published October 1, 2009 by Eerdmans. 136 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Legendary peace activist Berrigan examines the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy through the lens of his personal abhorrence of war in this biblical commentary. Although Deuteronomy is largely the

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But a big-G God of love and life and reconciliation, the God who will later find a voice through the prophets and become human in Jesus Christ, gradually overcomes all the small-g gods.

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