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The Evidence Of The Patriarchal Stories

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In this chapter the word "tradition" is used as a shorthand for its wider meaning of the entire compendium of narratives, references and descriptions that together form a comprehensive and intricate picture of an event, rather than its usual meaning in current biblical studies of the stages before these narratives took on their final form. From the many differences between the Exodus and the Davidic traditions a picture emerges of two qualitatively different modes of faith and worship, particularly with regard to the perception of God, and even more so His relationship with His people. The Exodus tradition is based on the belief that redemption is a gift from God, granted to Israel by virtue of divine grace rather than by right. According to the Davidic traditions, God makes a solemn vow to a chosen king that His favor will never depart from him, as a reward for his loyalty.

Keywords:Davidic traditions; Evidence; Exodus; God; Israel



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