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Zeal (Divine)
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The theological concept of YHWH’s zeal (האָנְקִ/qinʾāh) stands at the center of the struggle to assure that only the biblical God be worshiped (Monotheism and polytheism); it is intimately associated with his holiness (Josh 24:19; Sacred and profane: V). It gives expression – first and foremost in the cult – to God’s intolerant demand for exclusivity, championed against the religion of Baal by the prophetic and Levitical “YHWH alone movement” of the 9th century (2 Kgs 9f.) and reflected…

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Link, Christian, “Zeal (Divine)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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