Yahweh's honor at stake: A divine conundrum

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Abstract

The theme of Yahweh acting for the sake of his reputation in the face of cynical adversaries appears in a large variety of biblical texts. This idea appears to derive from a conception that viewed the military successes or failures of a given people as reflecting the power or impotence of its patron god. The issue of Yahweh's need to protect his reputation was most often expressed in the context of a liturgical appeal by the party in distress. However, beginning with Deuteronomy 32 and carrying through to Deutero-Isaiah and Ezekiel, the same issue appears as a concern of Yahweh himself and as part of his rationale for delivering Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2001

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