[b-hebrew] The 'need' for a king?

JAMES CHRISTIAN READ JCR128 at student.anglia.ac.uk
Tue Aug 14 17:19:16 EDT 2007


BJW:The recurring phrases of
"there was no king in Israel" and "every one did right in his own eyes" indicate
that "Keeping the Law of Moses" (including Deuteronomy) was not being done.

JCR:My understanding was always that these phrases were 
used in reference to a golden age where the people had 
enough faith in Yhwh that they felt no need to have an 
earthly figure to look toward for salvation.

In fact, Yhwh expresses feelings of hurt when the 
people ask for a king, looking to the idolatrous 
neighboring nations as their example. Furthermore, the 
regal system proved to be no less flawed and perhaps 
even more so than the period of the Judges. They then 
also had to start paying tax as a result of their 
faithless request for a king.

In fact, now I think of it, there is absolutely nothing 
I can think of in the hebrew canon that would ever 
lead anyone to believe that the conversion to regal 
system was considered an improvement by Yhwh and his 
representatives, the authors of the canon.

James Christian Read
BSc Computer Science (thesis: concept driven machine translation using the Aleppo codex)
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 Furthermore, the 
regal system proved to be no less flawed and perhaps 
even more so than the period of the Judges. They then 
also had to start paying tax as a result of their 
faithless request for a king.

In fact, now I think of it, there is absolutely nothing 
I can think of in the hebrew canon that would ever 
lead anyone to believe that the convers




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