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Kingship (in Israel)
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I. Historical Development – II. Reality and the Ideal – III. Criticism and Kingship after the Monarchy

I. Historical Development

Kingship, traditional in Canaan, was not an institution grafted onto Israel (1 Sam 11:14). After the collapse of the cultural and political world of the Late Bronze Age, in the central Palestinian uplands the formation of Philistine city states triggered a conso…

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Niemann, Hermann Michael, “Kingship (in Israel)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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