Pongratz-Leisten’s “Divine Agency and Astralization of Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia”

While writing my thesis on  biblical conceptualizations of deity in cognitive perspective, a very helpful article was Beate Pongratz-Leisten‘s article from Reconsidering Revolutionary Monotheism (her introduction to the volume is here), entitled “Divine Agency and Astralization of Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia.” I believe her discussion of divine agency, which incorporates some insights from cognitive theory, is particularly relevant to biblical notions of deity and to christology (you’ll notice if you’ve read Peppard’s look at the christology of Mark that they develop some of the same approaches to the notion of the divine). I highlight this paper now because Pongratz-Leisten has made a draft of her article available on academia.edu. If you’re interested in the topic, you should definitely give it a read.

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7 responses to “Pongratz-Leisten’s “Divine Agency and Astralization of Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia”

  • merciajewellery

    Interesting Daniel, thank you.

    You are aware the angels intentionally mimicked the existing beliefs of the day in order to parody them and then subvert them (metaphorically)?

    It is how the Bible is written.

  • merciajewellery

    Monotheism is conceptual only, i.e “God is Love” etc. The Bible personifies everything, including God, which is in the plural (the angels are God), the man has become one of “us”, the angels manifest God, Jesus manifested God, because God is conceptual, God is Love.

    The Jewish scribes made war against personification and so against the way the angels wrote the Scriptures.

  • merciajewellery

    The Bible is a metaphoric and allegorical parody of Babylonian paganism. Surely you scholars know that?

  • merciajewellery

    The Bible is a metaphoric and allegorical parody of Babylonian paganism. Surely you scholars know that?

    > Christendom has not grasped it yet, which is why they are called Babylon is Rev 17 – because a literal interpretation of what is symbolic, is Babylonian paganism. I have spoken to an angel about it.

  • merciajewellery

    Do you know Fortigurn aka Jonathon and Ev from the Bible Truth Discussion Forum? BTDF?

  • JR

    I can not remember if I commented on another one of your threads. If so please excuse the repetition. I enjoy your blog immensely. I like that you try and succeed at keeping it academic. And you cover many subjects and provide information and give recommendations about many things.
    I appreciate the time and effort you put in to this site. It is an awesome site.

    • Daniel O. McClellan

      Thank you for the kind words, JR. It is certainly nice to hear that someone out there is getting something worthwhile out of my efforts.

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