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The 'Men of Israel' and Gideon's Refusal to Reign / 'איש ישראל' וסירוב גדעון למלוך
יאירה אמית and Yaira Amit
Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies / שנתון לחקר המקרא והמזרח הקדום
כרך יא (תשנ"ז), pp. 25-31
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The 'Men of Israel', according to this essay, is an editorial term which was used by the late writers when they had to describe the different and changing partners of the Israeli army in the pre-monarchical period and in the days of King David. This understanding sheds a new light on Gideon's refusal to the offering of the Kingship. Thus his refusal is understood as the result of practical and not ideological reasons. Gideon did not want to be a king by the force of the army, which did not represent all of Israel, and to cause the wars which emerged in the days of Abimelek.
Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies / שנתון לחקר המקרא והמזרח הקדום © 1997 Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies / המכון למדעי היהדות ע"ש מנדל