Saturday, 5 March 2016

Promotional copies of 'The Sacred History of Being'

 March 13, 2016 This promotional offer is now closed 

Thanks to everyone who downloaded the book!

Updated March 9, 2016.

The Sacred History of Being is included in the Smashwords home page catalog of Read an E-book Week participants for the week of March 6-12, 2016. During this promotional week, the book is available entirely free!

 A coupon number (RW100) has been placed on the book's page at:

To access the book you will have to subscribe to Smashwords, if you haven't already. The Smashwords people tell me you don't have to register as yourself. This should take no longer than five minutes. After that the process is straightforward. No card or personal information is involved.

Purchasers should enter and apply the coupon number during the transaction to obtain a copy of the book (in ePub format) free of charge.

The catalog became live at one minute past midnight on March 6 Pacific time, and expires 11:59pm on March 12. After which the book will revert to its standard price. The coupons will only work at the Smashwords site during the promotional week, and not at other retailers.

When you purchase a book from Smashwords you can find it listed in your library after the transaction. The button to take you there should be on the lower right of the page. You can download the ePub file from the library.

If you find any problems with the process of purchasing or accessing the book for free with the coupon,  let me know at:

Readers without an eBook reader can read the book on a computer with Adobe Digital Editions, which can be downloaded free from:

That's the UK source. Search on Adobe Digital Editions to find Adobe download sources for other regions. 

For anyone arriving on this page who has no idea what The Sacred History of Being is about, here is some of the cover copy: 

The struggle for monotheism in Israel in the early to middle 1st Millennium B.C.E can be understood as a protracted argument concerning a philosophical understanding of the nature of the Divine, conducted during a bitterly fought political and hegemonic struggle for ascendancy. The Old Testament has examples where God declares his identity with Being itself (‘I am that I am’, better translated into English as ‘I am that which is,’ and ‘I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God', for example), but these statements have in the past not been regarded by scholars as evidence of a sophisticated discourse around the idea of Being. However the statement in the book of Malachi that Yahweh 'does not change' is an expressly philosophical description of the divine.

The book reveals that this philosophical conception of the divine underpins both religious cult practice, and ideas of the gods in each of the cultures discussed.
The Greeks themselves had several stories about the origins of philosophy, a discipline which essentially deals with abstractions, including that it originated elsewhere, but that is not the received narrative. The consequence of this, is that all historians of ideas, when constructing their accounts of the intellectual development of man before the arrival of Parmenides and Plato on the scene, have had to negotiate the apparently established fact that the Greeks invented philosophy, and the corollary, that articulate discussion of the abstract concept 'Being' didn’t happen before this.

'The Sacred History of Being' reframes our understandng of ancient ideas of the Divine, revealing these ideas to be deeply rooted in a widespread and very old philosophical discussion of Reality itself, and consequently has as as its revolutionary thesis that knowledge was at the heart of ancient concerns about the Divine, both in Greece and the ancient Near East. Evidence (from Babylonia) that the source of all knowledge was understood to be Being itself, is also discussed.

Thomas Yaeger, March 5, 2016

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