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A Unique Instability? Exploring The Boundaries Of Monotheism Introduction

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The attacks on the Babylonic symbols of Western culture on September 11, 2001 not only caused devastation, fear and social strain; they also sparked new political and scholarly interest in monotheism as a banner, or for others as a phantom, of the religious heritage of the Abrahamitic religions. A less apologetic and theologically more challenging task, however, is the exploration of the significance of monotheism in modern Western culture, taking into account both its problematic and promising aspects. New Testament scholar Patrick Chatelion Counet continues the historical and exegetical exploration of the boundaries of Jewish monotheism, turning to the question of how the early Christian identification of Jesus with the Lord and God relates to this monotheism. God is one and universal because God is present in all traces of yearning and hope for redemption, in all their multiplicity and pluralism.

Keywords: early Christian identification; Jewish monotheism; modern Western culture

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