Piety and Politics: The Dynamics of Royal Authority in Homeric Greece, Biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia

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CONTENTS
Prefaceix
Abbreviationsxiii
Mapsxv
Introduction: The Traditional Pattern for Legitimating Royal Authority in Homeric Greece, Biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia1
The Comparative Method7
Overview of the Study10
The Texts of the Study13
1. Poetic Truth and the Manifestation of the Divine Source of Royal Authority25
The Revelatory Power of Metaphors, Symbols, and Narratives in Theological Discourse25
Royal Rhetoric and the Engagement of the Popular Mind30
The Legitimacy of Protest within the Traditional Pattern of Royal Authority38
The Accountability of the Earthly King to the Heavenly King and the People43

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