Notice: Undefined index: HTTP_REFERER in /home/mosaicdev/sites/dev.mosaicmagazine.com/htdocs/wp-content/themes/mosaic/functions/functions-paywall.php on line 945
Did Jews Really Believe There Were Two Gods in Heaven? » Mosaic
Development Site - Changes here will not affect the live (production) site.

Did Jews Really Believe There Were Two Gods in Heaven?

That’s the contention of a new book by a major historian of ancient Judaism. It deserves serious attention, but it also overstates its case.

A lithograph of the biblical figure Enoch by William Blake, 1806–7. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A lithograph of the biblical figure Enoch by William Blake, 1806–7. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Observation
Aug. 4 2020
About the author

Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author of Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Library of Jewish Ideas; Princeton University Press).


For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with His angels, and then he will repay everyone according to his deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

More about: History & Ideas, Rabbi Akiva, Religion & Holidays