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This is the introductory chapter of the book YHWH is King: The Development of Divine Kingship in Ancient Israel, which classifies stages of YHWH's kingship in Israel, to identify the distinct features of YHWH's kingship at those different stages, and then to offer a probable motivation and context for the change that occurred. The Psalms of YHWH's kingship make evident a process of development in their significant changes to the metaphor of YHWH's kingship relative to an early corpus of texts. Sigmund Mowinckel's contribution set an expectation for the texts of YHWH's kingship. First, later scholarship always focused on the Psalmic expressions as the ideal vantage point to describe YHWH's kingship. Second, due to the liturgical setting offered by Mowinckel for that kingship, scholarship maintained that the expression always contained clear elements of the creator tradition and the warrior tradition.

Keywords: ancient Israel; Psalms; Sigmund Mowinckel; YHWH's kingship



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