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Date of Award

6-10-1995

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Dale Launderville OSB

Abstract

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.

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