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1. OT Background

As the word itself suggests, “theocracy” is a form of government in which, literally, “God rules.” As the term has historically been employed, it has been used to describe geopolitical governments in which the civil magistrates are expected to use their powers to promote obedience to the laws of God, or at least some of those laws.

The purest expression of theocracy is found in ancient Israel1), where the theocracy is institute…

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Gordon, T. David and Lowry, Joseph, “Theocracy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.29>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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