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Royal Succession in the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah With Special Reference to the People Under Arms as A Determining Factor in the Struggles for the Throne

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According to the biblical narrative in 1 Sam. viii 20, the monarchy was introduced into Israel when the people wanted to be like all the nations by having a king who would govern them and who would lead them in battle. Similarly, the biblical historiographers in the books of Samuel and Kings generally do not omit to mention the military factors involved in the foundation of new dynasties or in irregular successions to the royal throne in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, although they are never eager to report on purely political matters. This chapter examines the characteristic features of these factors by classifying them into groups by formulary expressions. It also examines the problem of the royal succession in the kingdom of Judah. The period of David and Solomon was the formative years of the people of Judah, centering around the dynasty of David.

Keywords: biblical historiographers; kingdom of Israel; kingdom of Judah; military factors; royal succession



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