God's Favorites

Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.65 hours)
Product Number: Z100144546
Released: Apr 02, 2019
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ISBN: #9780807098394
Narrator/s: Jeff Zinn
Publisher: Beacon Press
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A noted biblical scholar explores how the claim of divine choice has been used from ancient times to the present to justify territorial expansion and prejudice. The Bible describes many individuals and groups as specially chosen by God. But does God choose at all? Michael Coogan explains the temporally layered and allusive storytelling of biblical texts and describes the world of the ancient Near East from which it emerged, laying bare the power struggles, the acts of vengeance, and persecutions made sacred by claims of chosenness. Jumping forward to more modern contexts, Coogan reminds us how the self-designation of the Puritan colonizers of New England as God's new Israel eventually morphed, in the United States, into the self-justifying doctrines of manifest destiny and American exceptionalism. In contemporary Israel, both fundamentalist Zionists and their evangelical American partners cite the Jews' status as God's chosen people as justification for taking land-for very different ends. Appropriated uncritically, the Bible has thus been used to reinforce exclusivity and superiority, with new myths based on old myths. Finally, in place of the pernicious idea of chosenness, Coogan suggests we might instead focus on another key biblical concept: taking care of the immigrant and the refugee, reminding the reader of the unusual focus on the vulnerable in both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament.

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Author(s): Michael Coogan
Genre: Religion, History
Original Publish Date: Apr 02, 2019

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Author(s): Michael Coogan
Genre: Religion
Product Number DD36852
Released: Apr 03, 2018
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ISBN: #9781520097909
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Author(s): Michael Coogan
Genre: Religion, History
Product Number EB00707516
Released: Apr 02, 2019
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Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: #9780807001950

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