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Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Dale Launderville OSB
The development of Monotheistic Yahwism in Israel did not occur in a vacuum, nor did it arise without controversy. It developed over a number of years, it occurred in a context of diverse cultural influences and religious practices, and there were a number of factors which contributed to its emergence. This paper outlines the unique contribution which the monarchy makes toward the development of monotheistic Yahwism in ancient Israel. I begin by painting the cultural and religious backdrop, then move into an assessment of the Israelite monarchy as seen through the eyes of the Deuteronomistic Historian in 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings.
Reuter, Bret, "The Monarchy and Monotheism: The Contributions of the Monarchy Toward the Development of Monotheistic Yahwism in Ancient Israel" (1995). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 1862.
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