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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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MOKOENA, Lerato L.D.  and  MEYER, Esias E.. Jehu's violent coup and the justification of violence. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.3, pp.1-6. ISSN 2072-8050.

The putsch carried out by Jehu is one of the most violent stories in the Hebrew Bible. The text justifies the violence by portraying the rebellion as a case of retributive justice for the death of Naboth and as an attempt to purify Yahwism. This article presents a critical reading of the text as well as an overview of how the interpretation of the text changed after the discovery of the Tel Dan inscription. The article also presents recent views on the history of Yahwism and finally presents the story as a (failed) attempt to justify a coup that was probably only about acquiring power.

Keywords : Violence; Jehu; Tel Dan; Yahwism; Naboth.

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