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Gideon: a new Moses?

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In his 1989 article, 'Gideon: Hacking at the Heart of the Old Testament', Professor A. Graeme Auld argues from the numerous links forged between the Gideon narrative and other Old Testament traditions that the Gideon narrative in Judges 6-8 must have been an example of late biblical narrative. Among the Old Testament traditions noted is the exodus tradition, and particularly the narrative of Moses' call. In the Gideon narrative, after Gideon received his commission to deliver Israel in his encounter with YHWH, on that same night, he also received a second command to demolish his father's idolatrous altar and cultic object and to build a proper altar on which to offer acceptable offerings to YHWH.

Keywords: Gideon narrative; Graeme Auld; Moses; YHWH



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