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    Piety and Politics (The Bible in Its World) (Hardback) By (author) LAUNDERVILLE

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    DescriptionThis fascinating study explores the crucial relationship between piety and kingship in Homeric Greece, Biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. Dale Lauderville identifies the ways -- sometimes similar, sometimes contrasting -- that the connection of royalty to religion in each of these ancient cultures legitimated the rule of particular kings and promoted community well-being.Key to this sociopolitical dynamic was the use of royal rhetoric. Because each of these cultures believed that God or the gods ruled over heaven and earth, royal rhetoric necessarily took the form of political theology. By examining a host of ancient texts and drawing on the insights of contemporary and ancient philosophers, poets, historians, anthropologists, social theorists, and theologians, Launderville elucidates the special nature of royal rhetoric in each of these cultures, showing how kings increased their authority the more they demonstrated through their speech and actions that they ruled on behalf of God or the gods.Providing important background on life in three major civilizations, this volume will be valued by a wide range of scholars and students, especially in the fields of biblical studies, ancient history, and political science.

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    Piety and Politics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) LAUNDERVILLE
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 407
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 225 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 767 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802839947
    ISBN 10: 0802839940

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRLK
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL084000, REL033000
    DC21: 291.177093
    DC22: 291.1/77/093
    LC classification: BL325.K5 L38 2003
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: QRVK
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Publication date
    18 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Grand Rapids
    Review quote
    "An insightful resource on three of the most significant ancient societies in whose steps we still walk."