Ancient Israelite Activists

Ancient Assyrians

This is an ongoing series of meditations on faith, in response to readings from the articles that preface The Oxford Study Bible.

I will trust the reader to dig up the context if the meaning is unclear.


It may be that ancient Israel was non-ecumenical, actively shaping themselves in contrast to their surroundings, but I suppose that sideĀ of their traditionĀ didn't come of age until early Judaism, when the exiled people were forced to survive without an intact nation in an alien world.

I see them, before then, almost as activists, setting up the rules of their federation in protest against the monarchies and hierarchies nearby (pages 35-36), visionaries dreaming of some unknown alternative. Yet they were deeply influenced by the givens, as well.

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