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God's Favorites: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness

Author: Michael Coogan.

God's Favorites: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness

Author: Michael Coogan.

$24.95 $5.98
Item #: D30869
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Publication Date: 2019
Publisher: Beacon
ISBN: 9780807001943
The Bible identifies figures and peoples as being "chosen by God." But in surveying the history of holy lands, Michael Coogan notes how power struggles and persecutions are made sacred by claims of chosenness. He reminds us how Puritans in New England planted the seeds of American exceptionalism, believing that God had been saving the land for them, while in... More
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The Bible identifies figures and peoples as being "chosen by God." But in surveying the history of holy lands, Michael Coogan notes how power struggles and persecutions are made sacred by claims of chosenness. He reminds us how Puritans in New England planted the seeds of American exceptionalism, believing that God had been saving the land for them, while in contemporary Israel, Zionists use Scripture to justify a Palestinian land grab. Coogan critiques such self-serving approaches, and suggests we might instead focus on another key biblical concept: providing succor to the refugee.


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