There are 6 thoughts on “Why Did Northern Israel Fall to the Assyrians? A Weberian Proposal”.

  1. You are certainly onto something in discussing “charismatic” and “institutionalized” leadership, but a look at the political science of the OT can shed additional light.
    “So far as I can tell,” the kingdom of Israel remained a federation, the central government competing with the tribal governments for authority. Rulership was based on popularity, which accounts for its “charismatic” character.
    The kingdom of Judah was an autocracy, where the kings’ word was law, which would account for its “institutionalized” character.
    And as a bonus, the Nephite Reign of the Judges, “SFAICT,” was also a federation, see Mosiah 29, which would account for the unstable nature of Nephite government.

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  3. Interesting article. I would suggest including a discussion of the opposing view that the Davidic Covenant was mistakenly interpreted as unconditional (no longer requiring high standards for Judah’s leaders) and that this erroneous and overly confident attitude was symptomatic of the moral decay that Lehi and Jeremiah opposed, decay which led to the fall of Judah as well.

    • Rather than “mistakenly interpreted,” I should say the unconditional Davidic covenant was questionable. 2 Samuel 7 appears to have been written by the Deuteronomists, who were mistakenly confident that Judah would never fall. Awareness of such an unconditional covenant for the security of the throne is not clearly found elsewhere such as in the Wisdom literature of the Bible.

      Lehi may have stood in opposition to the Deuteronomists, preferring instead the older ways of ongoing revelation and conditional covenants. His warning that Jerusalem would be destroyed unless the people repented was clearly at odds with the popular but erroneous thinking of the day.

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