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Title: The nature and function of the concept of the election of Israel in the Book of Deuteronomy : a perspective from nationhood
Author: Manohar, David Jeyeraj
Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire
Current Institution: University of Gloucestershire
Date of Award: 2010
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Abstract:
The concept of the election of Israel is one of the foundational doctrines of the Old Testament. The main focus of the theological study of the election of Israel has been the issue of dating and the nature of the concept. When did this concept originate? And is the election of Israel an unmerited grace of God or is it dependent on obedience to Torah? In the study of modem nations, the concept of ethnic election is found to be an important factor in the origin and sustenance of nations. If this is so, then the question arises, whether the concept of the election of Israel was closely linked to the origin and sustenance of the ancient nation of Israel? The question of the relationship of election to nationhood has not been sufficiently explored in theological studies. Therefore, this thesis will study the nature and function of the concept of the election of Israel in relation to ancient Israelite nationhood. The modem ethno-symbolic theory of nationhood is useful in the analysis of ancient nations like Israel because it identifies the concept of ethnic election to be an important influence in the creation and maintenance of both modem and ancient nations. The ethno-symbolic perspective on nationhood takes seriously ethnicity and religion or culture in the formation and maintenance of a nation. The book of Deuteronomy is considered to be a constitution by several scholars and thus relevant to the study of nationhood. It is also the locus classicus of the election theology in the Old Testament. Therefore, selected texts from Deuteronomy will be studied from the principles derived from the ethno-symbolic approach to the study of nationhood. Such a study will give a fresh perspective to our understanding of the concept of the election of Israel. Studied from the perspective of nationhood, the concept of the election of Israel can be interpreted as a symbol of belongingness and loyalty to a nation, a symbol of pride and power, and a boundary marker demanding moral and religious loyalty and affiliation to the nation and its God.
Supervisor: Mcconville, Gordon ; Baker, David L. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.545993  DOI: Not available
Keywords: BS The Bible
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