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‘We have Yhwh to Fight Our battles’ war narratives in the book of chronicles

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In past decades, quite a number of studies on the Book of Chronicles have been published in which ?war' is explicitly dealt with. This chapter confines itself strictly to the topic of ?war'. Is it possible to provide an answer to the question why the Chronicler is so tenacious in attributing war to God's sphere? After the Babylonian Exile, the former Kingdom of Judah had been reduced to Yehud, an insignificant province of the Persian Empire. There was no Davidic dynasty, no king ruling the country, nor any Judean army. The only power left to rely on was YHWH, and the only institution left was the House of God that had been rebuilt with permission of the Persian authorities. The war narratives in the Book of Chronicles can be considered as a reflection of the factual military impotence of Yehud during the Persian Period.

Keywords: Babylonian Exile; Book of Chronicles; Davidic dynasty; House of God; Kingdom of Judah; Persian Empire; war narratives; Yehud; YHWH



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