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Introduction, Terminology State Of The Research, Research Questions

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It was half a century ago that Von Rad first called attention to a previously underexposed theme in Old Testament theology: war. His small monograph on this subject has since been the source of a vast body of publications, so vast even that it is hard to survey. By this time, one feels obliged to justify oneself if intending to add to that body. Von Rad regarded the holy war firstly as an institution that went back on the alliance of the twelve tribes in the time of the judges. Secondly, he saw the institution as typically Israelite. Thirdly, he believed that the ‘charismatic’ ideology of the institution lived on in the prophetic and in the late Deuteronomist circles that were critical of the institute of kingship.

Keywords: Old Testament; terminology state; Von Rad



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