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No Gods but One


Eerdmans 2009

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On the face of it, the biblical book of Deuteronomy seems to be filled with triumph. In No Gods but One however, Daniel Berrigan turns a searching eye toward this ancient text and finds its darker side. With grace and incisive candor, Berrigan draws clear parallels between Deuteronomy’s time of mingled triumph and broken law and our own moment in history, uncovering the stories within the story of this complex biblical book.

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Key Features

  • Examines the darker side of Deuteronomy
  • Draws clear parallels between Deuteronomy’s time and our own moment in history
  • Uncovers the stories within the story of this complex biblical book


  • The Recollection: Forty Seasons of Discontent (Chs. 1:6–3:29)
  • The Admonition: No Gods but One (Ch. 4:1-40)
  • The Commandments: The Heart of the Covenant (Chs. 5:1–11:32)
  • The Book of the Law: One Nation, One Law, One Lord (Chs. 12:1–26:15)
  • The Covenant Proclaimed and Renewed (Chs. 27:1–29:1)
  • Calling Israel to Covenant Faithfulness: Moses’ Third Discourse (Chs. 29:2–30:20)
  • The Last Days of Moses: Song of Tragedy, Song of Triumph (Chs. 31–34)

Praise for the Print Edition

Without fail Berrigan makes daring and compelling connections between text and life. He has long pondered the idolatries of our society and knows, from the book of Deuteronomy, that a more excellent way is possible. No Gods but One is a welcome summons at just the right time.

Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Daniel Berrigan is one of the church’s great modern-day prophets. In this book he artfully shows how the story of Deuteronomy—which may seem far, far away from our contemporary concerns—is, in fact, packed with meaning for our times. Like all prophets, Father Berrigan speaks in a voice that is by turns poetic, disturbing, radical, encouraging, inspiring, and urgent. Above all, it is a faith-filled voice to which all men and women of goodwill should listen.

—James Martin, editor, America

Daniel Berrigan’s very productive life must be seen as totally dedicated to the God of peace and justice. As both a Christian poet and writer, he has captured the imagination of a whole generation of seekers from all denominations throughout the world. His vital presence in our midst has been a great grace for us all.

—Patrick Hart, OCSO, Abbey of Gethsemani

Berrigan observes that a ‘close connection between crime and consequence’ runs through Deuteronomy, and he strongly suggests that by going along with the ‘culture of death’ in the matter of war, Christians may see their religion rotting before their eyes. Thought-provoking reading will be of special interest to those sympathetic to Berrigan’s uncompromising political views.

Publishers Weekly

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About Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan is a Jesuit priest, poet, and peacemaker, whose words and actions over the past 50 years have offered a powerful witness to the God of Life. Fr. Berrigan, along with his brother Philip, was one of the Catonsville 9, arrested and imprisoned in 1968 for destroying draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War. Among his publications are The Bride: Images of the Church and Uncommon Prayer: A Book of Psalms.

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