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Monarchy, Oligarchy, and Democracy in the Constitutional Debate in Herodotus and in 1 Samuel 8


 
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1. Title Title of document Monarchy, Oligarchy, and Democracy in the Constitutional Debate in Herodotus and in 1 Samuel 8 - Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Wolfgang Oswald; University of Tübingen;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Biblical Studies; Religion
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) deuteronomistic History; Herodotus; Constitutional Debate; monarchy; democracy; political theory;
 
5. Subject Subject classification Biblical Studies; Ancient History
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter compares two early samples of political theoretical reasoning: (1) the discussion on monarchy between the prophet Samuel and the elders of Israel in 1Samuel 8 and (2) the so-called Constitutional Debate in Herodotus III:80–82. For both texts the form of government is no longer considered to be divinely ordained or determined by tradition, rather it is a matter of dispute and deliberate decision. Herodotus’ Constitutional Debate is an outcome of the emergence of the citizen states in archaic Greece. 1Samuel 8 is part of the deuteronomistic History and thus an attempt to reconstitute the Judean society after the downfall of the monarchy in 587 BCE. Both texts dismiss monarchy, while they critically advocate some early form of democracy.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 30-Dec-2016
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/26816
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26816
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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