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  •  Monotheism can be distinguished from (14+ / 0-)

    monolatry which means worshipping only one god.  "Thou shalt have no other god before me" is monolatry -- it doesn't say there are no other gods.

    Isaiah is contemporary with Cyrus and says "All nations shall live under one god" (his god, of course).  But scholars say that it is not til Ezrah that Judaism becomes truely, fully monotheistic.

    (It's argued that Akhenaten was monolatrous even though he banned worshipping any gods other than Aten.)

    •   wiki: Pharaoh Akhenaten (2+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, petral

      ...a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten, which is sometimes described as monotheistic or henotheistic. An early inscription likens the Aten to the sun as compared to stars, and later official language avoids calling the Aten a god, giving the solar deity a status above mere gods...
    •  Now You Made Me Look Up "Monolatry" ... (2+ / 0-)
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      petral, Ojibwa

      and that's two new words today. Dang.

      "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

      by midnight lurker on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:57:54 AM PDT

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