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Old Testament Essays

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Old testam. essays vol.25 no.1 Pretoria  2012


A King under the Law: The Torah promulgation and its subversion in Jeremiah



Cephas T. A. Tushima; Jos, Nigeria





This paper explores the call of Israel to be a unique people and the implications of this for its leadership styles. It, as such, examines the Torah promulgation for a king subservient to the Law (and its attendant institutions), as prescribed in Deut 17:14-20, vis-à-vis the evolution of Israelite leadership culminating in the monarchy, and the outworking of this in the Deuteronomistic History. The paper ultimately aligns this deuteronomic leadership ideal with the reality of the late pre-exilic experience of the Judahite covenant community, especially as documented in the traditions of Jeremiah's life and ministry. The ensuing consequence of the exile is also looked at. Inferences are drawn from these discussions, outlining trajectories of import for contemporary communities of faith.



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Dr. Tushima
Dean of Graduate School
Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS), and Adjunct Professor, Eastern University
St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA



1 This article is a revision of the paper originally presented at the Annual Conference of the Old Testament Society of South Africa (OTSSA) in Cape Town, South Africa, held September 7-9, 2011.

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