The Old Testament Of War And Triumph

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The Old Testament generally presents a familial narrative in which the whole human race descends from one family. This unfolds itself and then focuses in on Abraham, from whom the line of inheritance is drawn to Israel. The Israelites are distinctly filled with flaws throughout their history. Whereas Rome as noble stories of war and triumph, Israel has stories of Old Men wandering the desert. Their ancestors and heroic figures are not demigods nor epic heros, but merely wandering men of faith, Patriarchs sold into slavery, and sheep herders. God forges His chosen people from the outcasts of humanity. In forging a people of His own, God is named their Father. He is called such in the Old Testament in two distinct ways. First, as specifically the God of Israel. Second, The Father of Israel’s king. Explicit notions of God as the Father of Israel number nine, while He is mentioned as the Father of the King five times. There are many times in which Israel is called the son of, or the Israelites are called the children of, God. The narrative that unfolds with God as the Father of a Nation and their King is especially vital to understanding the Old Testament. The Old Testament’s explicit mention of God as the Father of Israel come especially in Deuteronomy, the Psalms, and the Prophets. He is pictured as forming, protecting, guiding, providing, offering covenants, giving inheritance, and restoring. The foundational moment of this is found in the book of Deuteronomy.
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