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Monolatry (Greek: μόνος [monos] = single, and λατρεία [latreia] = worship) is belief that many gods exist, but that only one of them is worshipped.[1] The term "monolatry" was perhaps first used by Julius Wellhausen.[2]

Monolatry is different from monotheism, which asserts there is only one god, and henotheism, a religious system in which the believer worships one god without denying that others may worship different gods with equal validity.[3]

References

  1. Frank E. Eakin, Jr. The Religion and Culture of Israel (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1971), 70.
  2. Mackintosh, Robert (1916). "Monolatry and Henotheism". Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics VIII: 810. https://archive.org/details/EncyclopaediaOfReligionAndEthics.Hastings-selbie-gray.13Vols. Retrieved Jan 21, 2016. 
  3. McConkie, Bruce R. (1979), Mormon Doctrine (2nd ed.), Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, p. 351