ISRAEL'S "LOVERS" by J. A. THOMPSON Melbourne In a recent discussion 1) the writer pointed out that the Hebrew verb 'dheb in the David-Jonathan narratives in 1 Samuel carried political overtones. The point was made more generally by William L. Moran in his discussion on the Love of God in Deuteronomy 2). The present discussion pursues the idea that the verb "love" and the noun "lover" may have political overtones in other parts of the Old Testament outside the David-Jonathan narratives in 1 Samuel. What we are concerned to discover is whether the verb "love", even though it may appear to denote genuine affection between human beings may nevertheless sometimes carry underlying political im- plications. Matters are complicated somewhat because although the Old Testament deals in a number of places with straight political alliances, the political picture of a great king and vassal became, in Israel's thinking, a useful means of describing the relationship between Yahweh, Israel's great King, and Israel, Yahweh's vassal. This meta- phor has been the subject of a considerable number of books and papers since G. E. Mendenhall's significant paper was published in 1954 3). Seen in this context the simple statements "God loved
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1977
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