[b-hebrew] Bribes, Gifts, and Tribute

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue May 18 22:28:37 EDT 2004


Like you I won’t go into present politics.

I think there is another aspect as well. For example, in 2 Chronicles 25:6 the king of Judah hired soldiers from Ephraim to be part of his army, under direct command of his officers. Similarly Ammon hired armies from Aram in 2 Samuel 10:6.

But those kings who were bribed acted as a response to those bribes, as independent agents. They were bought, but not hired.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>

> On 17/05/2004 16:19, Karl Randolph wrote:
> >David:
> >
> >What is at stake here is not the legality of the action, as we understand it, rather the action. This is giving something of value to get the recipient to do something that he normally may not do. In that way, a king can bribe another king.
> >
> >
> Another example, closer to the context, is the way in which (allegedly 
> at least) the USA offered financial incentives to other countries to 
> join the attack on Iraq. A bribe? Unethical? That depends on your 
> political viewpoint - and I don't want to get us into a discussion of 
> that! But maybe similar political judgments were being hinted at in the 
> different nuances behind $XD and &KR.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/

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