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Piety and politics : the dynamics of royal authority in Homeric Greece, biblical Israel, and old Babylonian Mesopotamia

Author: Dale Launderville
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, ©2003.
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Launderville, Dale.
Piety and politics.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, ©2003
(OCoLC)988874231
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dale Launderville
ISBN: 0802839940 9780802839947
OCLC Number: 50604869
Description: xvii, 407 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the traditional pattern for legitimating royal authority in Homeric Greece, biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia --
Poetic truth and the manifestation of the divine source of royal authority --
The speech and action of kings : the process of constructing a world with royal power --
Centralization of the community in the person of the king --
The role of memory and tradition in legitimating royal authority --
Communication and discernment of the divine will : an essential task for individual and collective development --
Tension versus equilibrium : essential countervailing dynamics within the exercise of royal authority --
The vision of the ideal king : ideological illusion or catalyst for authentic praxis and community building --
Conclusion : royal authority--a divine gift for the integration of the community.
Responsibility: Dale Launderville.
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