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Bibil Identifier bibil:222755
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Chariots on Fire
Title (English, ) Military Dominance in the Old Testament
Author Sensenig, Peter M.
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 34, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 73-80 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Hebrew Bible from Exodus to Zechariah communicates Yahweh’s deep displeasure with military self-reliance, of which the symbol is the chariot. The primary criterion of justified war in the Old Testament is trust in Yahweh’s miracle rather than in the strength of chariots and horses, for which Joshua 11 serves as a paradigm. The exodus, conquest of Canaan, failed monarchic experiment, Psalms, and prophets all emphasize God’s opposition to military technology. Not simply a matter of pride or idolatry, weapons of domination are incompatible with the radical social experiment God intends Israel to be.
DOI 10.1163/187122012X627812
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
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