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The Theology of conquest

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The God of armies, the consequences of Israel's covenant with the Lord were extensive. The agreement was that the Lord would be Israel's God, and Israel, in turn, would be the Lord's people. The exodus from Egypt, the conquest of Palestine, and the Maccabean revolt were testimonies for the success of activistic ethics; and the exodus from Babylon proved the value of suffering passively. The theology of holy war, warfare for Israel was a religious practice, undertaken at God's command. Those who suffered passively did so as slaves sold because they were unable to pay Israel's debt of sin. Conquest theology was closely related to the nation and the believers expected to establish after their enemies had been defeated. The kingdom begun by Saul and expanded by David and Solomon later came to be called the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.

Keywords: conquest theology; Israel; Kingdom of Heaven; Palestine; The God of armies; The theology of holy war

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