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Officialdom And Society In The Book Of Kings: The Social Relevance Of The State

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There has not yet been an individual study of officialdom in The Book of Kings, nor has officialdom been discussed in relation to society using evidence derived from The Book of Kings. The purpose of such studies, often conducted with the help of materials from Near Eastern countries, is to clarify the origins of the Israelite administration. In this study, the chapter inquires into the spheres of social life in which these officials were involved to gain insight into their impact on Israelite society. Since the Kingdom of Israel and Judah formed two different socio-political organisms, after a discussion of the United Monarchy, the chapter examines the officials' activities in both parts of the Kingdom separately. The separation of the two domains, the economic and the noneconomic, reflects the social division of labor.

Keywords: Israel; Judah; officialdom; The Book of Kings; United Monarchy



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