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The Old Testament.The Deuteronomist History 1&2.

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From Deuteronomist History 1 and Deuteronomist History 2The period of 722-586 BCE was a time of Northern and Southern Kingdoms. A time of a continuous fight for power between kings of numerous tribes settled the Mediterranean region. And the Holy Bible, the Old Testament, is like a historical evidence of the past events mentioned above. This period is described in a book which is called Deuteronomist History, divided in its turn into two editions: Deuteronomist History 1 and Deuteronomist History 2 (further briefly DH1 and DH2). They are different because they cover specific periods, events, and maybe were written by different authors or... may be not. Just let it see.To begin with I would like to state that during Davidic times sacrifices were made every where. In writings of J-author and E-author, a Shiloh priest from Northern Kingdom, it was not important where the sacrifices were held. Then there were three main centers where one could sacrifice- Bethel, Dan, and Jerusalem. But Deuteronomist History, in its turn, suggested only one place to worship which was chosen by God- a Temple in Jerusalem (e.g. Deuteronomy 12:11,14,18; 13; 2 Chronicles 2-5). In Deuteronomy there was a definition of clean and unclean Deut. 14:1-21 (as not eat meat with blood, but one should put it with blood on altar), a commandment to tear down all altars and stone to death those who worship other gods (Deut. 13:9), however, in 10 commandments one of the most important commandments was "do not murder"! Also it is known that only Levites could become priests but Samuel was non-Levite and he was a priest. Above all contradictions, it was the first attempt to centralize a religion. Then many kings reigned one after another and each king either destroyed or restored the temple of God depending on whether he was a pagan or the follower of God. The most prominent king was Josiah. After he had read the book of the Law (the Book of the Torah), which was found in the temple of God by the high priest Hilkiah (2 Kings 22:8-10), he ordered to remove all articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts, and completely destroyed all idols and pagan places of worship within the territory of the state. (2 Chron. 34:3-33; 2 Kings 23:4-24). Of course, it was not an easy task to start because many tribes were pagans and it was hard for them to abandon rituals of their forefathers.DH1 probably was written in 622 BCE and it culminates on Josiah primarily. Moreover, Davidic covenant is described here (2 Sam. 7). It is unconditional covenant since there were no "if's" (the same as Abrahamic one in Gen.17). The purpose of the covenant was to build a house for God by King David. For this God promised to make David's name great (2 Sam. 7:9), people of Israel will be no longer oppressed (2 Sam. 7:10), David's offspring will succeed him (2 Sam. 7:12), God's love with him and his house and kingdom will endure forever (2 Sam. 7:15-16).Nevertheless, there is an evaluation of kings reigned...

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