A Social-Political History of Monotheism: From Judah to the Byzantines, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A Social-Political History of Monotheism

From Judah to the Byzantines, 1st Edition

By Jeremiah W. Cataldo


242 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138222809
pub: 2018-01-15
SAVE ~$29.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315406909
pub: 2018-01-03
from $27.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


In A Social-Political History of Monotheism, Cataldo shows how political concerns were fundamental to the development of Judeo-Christian monotheism. Beginning with the disruptive and devastating historical events that shook early Israelite culture and ending with the seemingly victorious emergence of Christianity under the Byzantine Empire, this work highlights critical junctures marking the path from political frustration to imperial ideology. Monotheism, Cataldo argues, was not an enlightened form of religion; rather, it was a cultic response to effluent anxieties pouring out from under the crushing weight of successive empires. This provocative work is a valuable tool for anyone with an interest in the development of early Christianity alongside empires and cultures.


There are no end of histories of monotheism that concentrate on its gestation: how monotheism originated. Cataldo’s Social-Political History of Monotheism instead breaks new ground by telling the story of monotheism once it had taken shape, and how it developed. This is history on a grand scale: original, ambitious, and bracing.

- Nathan MacDonald, St John’s College, Cambridge, UK

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Definition of Parameters and Understanding Monotheism

Chapter 2: The Prophetic Paradigm

Chapter 3: Yahweh, the God of Monarchy

Chapter 4: The Emergence of Monotheism in Yehud

Chapter 5: The Maccabean Revolt

Chapter 6: Sectarianism and Political Strife under Empire

Chapter 7: The Punishment of Palestine

Chapter 8: Heresy, Trinity, and Political Strife in Three Parts

Chapter 9: Persecution or the End of It?

Chapter 10: Chalcedon and Orthodoxy



About the Author

Jeremiah W. Cataldo is Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University, USA. He is the author of several books, including Breaking Monotheism: Yehud and the Material Formation of Monotheistic Identity, and Biblical Terror: Why Law and Restoration in the Bible Depend Upon Fear.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General