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Divine Aggression in Psalms and Inscriptions

Divine Aggression in Psalms and Inscriptions

Vengeful Gods and Loyal Kings

by Collin Cornell
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Publication Date: 15/10/2020
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The aggression of the biblical God named Yhwh is notorious. Students of theology, the Bible, and the Ancient Near East know that the Hebrew Bible describes Yhwh acting destructively against his client country, Israel, and against its kings. But is Yhwh uniquely vengeful, or was he just one among other, similarly ferocious patron gods? To answer this question, Collin Cornell compares royal biblical psalms with memorial inscriptions. He finds that the Bible shares deep theological and literary commonalities with comparable texts from Israel's ancient neighbours. The centrepiece of both traditions is the intense mutual loyalty of gods and kings. In the event that the king's monument and legacy comes to harm, gods avenge their individual royal protégé. In the face of political inexpedience, kings honour their individual divine benefactor.
ISBN:
9781108842679
9781108842679
Category:
Middle Eastern history
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
15-10-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
230x153x26mm
Weight:
0.42kg

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