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“Translating” Deities

August 24, 2010

On the blog-site of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (, I’ve posted comments on how the diversity in deities was handled differently in the Graeco-Roman period by different peoples.  The posting was prompted by reading Mark S. Smith’s recent and valuable study, God in Translation:  Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2010).  I won’t repeat those comments here, but refer interested readers to the CSCO blog.

I’m working on a paper for the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on “Jewish monotheism” in the late Hellenistic and early Roman period, and found Smith’s book a stimulating (albeit demanding) read.

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