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- n. The worship of a single deity (while believing in the existence of others)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Worship of a single deity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The idolatrous or pagan worship of one divinity; also, the worship of one God, but not necessarily with an explicit disbelief in other divinities.
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- n. the worship of a single god but without claiming that it is the only god
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But although there is evidence for a centralisation of the different Canaanite-style cults into the worship of Yahweh in the capital – Jerusalem – over this period the most which can be said was that a form of monolatry, a belief in one God for a particular people had emerged.
On the other end of the spectrum there is sacrificial worship, which doesn't seem to have been offered to Jesus - perhaps not surprisingly, but if there had been Christians who emphatically wanted to broaden monolatry to include Jesus within God, using sacrificial worship to make the point would have been clear and unambiguous.
Frank E. Eakin argues that Moses was not a monotheist but espoused monolatry.
Therefore, if Moses did espouse monolatry, then did Early Judaism see a trend toward monotheism, leadign up to Christ, away from the earlier Mosaic monolatry?
- What then would be the implications for the veneration of Christ, if indeed monolatry was being kicked around as an idea?
Concerning the latter section, namely the shape of Christology in Early Christianity, was the consensus among Jewish thinking fixed on monotheism per say, rather than that of monolatry?
According to wikipedia, Monolatrism or monolatry, is: ...the recognition of the existence of many gods, but with the consistent worship of only one deity.
Exclusive worship gives expression to Jewish belief in God's uniqueness, rather than the divine uniqueness itself being defined in terms of monolatry pp.5-6, 11-13.
Over millennia, these models give way to a hierarchy of gods, with a powerful sovereign in charge, and, later yet, to monolatry, in which a city-state or nation bows to a single god considered superior to all others.
The prophetic refor - mation, starting in the eighth century B.C., advanced from the tribal monolatry of the popular cults towards ethical monotheism and personal worship.
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