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Monotheism
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Monotheism
Monotheism. Belief that there is only one God. It is distinguished from polytheism, which posits the existence of more than one god; from henotheism, which worships one god without denying the existence of other gods; from atheism, which denies the existence of any god. The three great monotheistic religions
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Monotheism
MONOTHEISM* Belief that there is only one God. It is distinguished from polytheism, which posits the existence of more than one god; from henotheism, which worships one god without denying the existence of other gods; and from atheism, which denies the existence of any God. The three great monotheistic
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Monotheism
monotheism (mon´uh-thee-iz´uhm), the belief that there is only one deity. Most major religions of the biblical world were polytheistic; they had many deities. Israel was exceptional for its emphatic recognition of one God only. This was an essential affirmation of Judaism and part of the foundation of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Theism
THEISM. Defined by Charles Hodge as “the doctrine of an extramundane, personal God, the creator, preserver and governor of the world” (Systematic Theology, I, 205). It includes the study of the rational arguments and reasons for belief in the reality of God, and the proofs for His existence as a triune
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Monotheism
MonotheismThe conviction that there exists only one god, and no others (Gk. mónos, “alone, only, single” and theós, “god”). This is in contrast to polytheism, the belief in several deities, and henotheism or monolatry, the conviction that there exists one supreme god among lesser divinities. The principle
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Monotheism
Monotheism. Belief in one personal and transcendent God, as opposed to polytheism on the one hand and *pantheism on the other. Acc. to traditional Christian teaching it was the original religion of man revealed to our first parents, but subsequently lost by most men as a consequence of the Fall. In the
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Monotheism
Monotheismmonotheism, the belief that there is only one deity. Most major religions of the biblical world were polytheistic: they had many deities. Israel was exceptional for its emphatic recognition of one God only. This was an essential affirmation of Judaism and part of the foundation of Christianity.
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Monotheism, Primitive
Monotheism, Primitive. The Bible teaches that monotheism was the earliest conception of God. The very first verse of Genesis is monotheistic: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob reflect an early monotheism. Job, the only other
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Monotheism
MONOTHEISM — worship of one supreme God, an important characteristic of the worship system of the Hebrew people. One of the central teachings in the Old Testament is Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Against the idolatry of surrounding nations with their many gods
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Monotheism
MONOTHEISM.—At whatever period in their early history the people of Israel may be supposed to have passed through the obscure and uncertain stages of belief that precede a clear and reasoned theism, that period had been left behind long before the days of Christ and the NT writers. The bitter experiences
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Monotheism
MonotheismThe belief that there is but one God. Christian-biblical monotheism teaches that the one true God subsists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; the doctrine of Trinity* in unity.
Key passages
Dt 6:4–5

“Hear, Israel, Yahweh our God, Yahweh is unique. And you shall love Yahweh your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your might.

1 Co 8:4–6

Therefore, concerning the eating of food sacrificed to idols, we know that “an idol is nothing in the world” and that “there is no God except one.” For even if after all there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are many gods and many lords, yet to us there is one …

Eph 4:5–6

one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.