Religion midterm

Religion midterm - The history of the many kings of Israel...

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The history of the many kings of Israel in the Old Testament (also called the Torah in Hebrew scripture), is very confusing and contradictory in chronology and theme. Throughout the books of the Torah, we see the people of Israel change systems of governments many times. Beginning in the book of Exodus, with Israel’s sojourn in Egypt, Israel went from being slaves in Egypt (monarchial), to being free people ruled only by God (Deuteronomy- Judges), back to a monarchial government ruled by a king of the people’s choice in the promise land (Samuel-Kings). Nevertheless, take into consideration that the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings are all Deuteronomical texts written by antimonarchical Deuteronomical authors that believed a monarchy would threaten the covenant with God. Yet and still in the text People of the Covenant the authors state that, “The combination of early pro-monarchial traditions and later antimonarchical materials is seen clearly in 1 Samuel 7-12.” However, after reading 1 Samuel 7-12, the distinction between the pro-monarchial traditions and antimonarchical materials , are not very easily distinguishable without understanding the history behind actions used by the people. For instance, in 1Samuel 10:1-9
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