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Re: Dangling Metaphors

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  • Lewis Reich
    ... This is certainly true, but at the same time should it not be borne in mind that the Deuteronomic concept of kingship was very different from that
    Message 1 of 19 , Oct 29, 1998
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      On 28 Oct 98, at 7:54, Mike Grondin wrote:

      > One more thing: even though most contemporary kings are
      > relatively powerless, surely anyone with a sense of
      > history has a feel for what it must have been like under
      > the dictatorship of a powerful king, ruling under the old
      > doctrine of the "divine right of kings". If they don't,
      > they ought to. One can scarcely understand Biblical
      > history at all without that grounding.

      This is certainly true, but at the same time should it not
      be borne in mind that the Deuteronomic concept of kingship
      was very different from that apparently generally current
      in the area. (Regardless of when the text of Deuteronomy
      was finalized, the traditions would have been known and
      current significantly earlier.) And whether the specific
      provisions were observed or not, the existence and currency
      of the tradition would have been important factors for a
      ruler to consider:

      15. You shall set him king over you, whom the Lord your God
      shall choose; one from among your brothers shall you set
      king over you; you may not set a stranger over you, who is
      not your brother.
      16. But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause
      the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should
      multiply horses; for as much as the Lord has said to you,
      You shall henceforth return no more that way.
      17. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his
      heart turn not away; nor shall he greatly multiply to
      himself silver and gold.
      18. And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his
      kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this
      Torah in a book from that which is before the priests the
      Levites;
      19. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all
      the days of his life; that he may learn to fear the Lord
      his God, to keep all the words of this Torah and these
      statutes, to do them;
      20. That his heart be not lifted up above his brothers, and
      that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right
      hand, or to the left; to the end that he may prolong his
      days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of
      Israel.



      Lewis Reich
      LBR@...
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