Deuteronomistic Monotheism: A study of the Shema and its implications in Deuteronomy and Deutero-Isaiah
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This thesis is based on the received form of Hebrew text of Deut.6:4 and Isa. 43,44 and 45, to study the monotheism of Israel’ s belief on YHWH. By exegeting these texts and some relevant texts in Exodus, it is aimed to refine the importance of the Shema and the proper understanding of monotheism that is derived from it, which are the tasks of part one and two. In the third part, the Babylonian exile is introduced as an inevitable historic event due to the idolatry of Israel in the Land. And the relationship of YHWH and Israel appears to be a different dimension. Isa. 43. 44, and 45 are exegeted as the exilic texts and reflect the religious situation of exilic Israelites in Babylon, which reflects the understanding of monotheism had developed into universalism in the exile.