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From Warrior King to Creator King: Change in YHWH’s Kingship as Theological Response to Neo-Assyrian Imperialism

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This chapter presents a dominant scholarly assumption, influenced by Mowinckel, that constructed all expressions of YHWH's kingship in the Hebrew Bible by collapsing the warrior king and the universal creator-king into a singular and consistent expression of YHWH's kingship. It establishes at least two distinct stages of YHWH's kingship: the later Jerusalemite corpus of a universal-creator king in Pss 93, 95-99 (void of the warrior model) and the earlier corpus of a warrior king with a limited kingship in Exod 15:1-18, Deut 33:5, Num 23:21 and Ps 29 (void of the creation model). The chapter discusses arguement for the context from which YHWH's warrior kingship was changed to a universal creator king. It suggests that Marduk's kingship is a viable cultural translation (CT) from Babylon to Israel for the new expression of YHWH's kingship.

Keywords: Babylon; cultural translation (CT); Hebrew bible; jerusalemite corpus; Marduk-šar-ilāni; Neo- Assyrian imperialism; Sigmund Mowinckel; universal-creator king; Warrior King; Yhwh's Kingship



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