Jonathan Rowe: “Did the Ancient Jews in fact have a Republic?”

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Jon Rowe

Jon Rowe is a full Professor of Business at Mercer County Community College, where he teaches business, law, and legal issues relating to politics. Of course, his views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Absent a time machine, we really have no idea how Ancient Israel was really governed outside the Bible, the Talmud, and Josephus. The Bible is inconclusive. Deuteronomy talks about appointing officers and how to go about selecting a King but Judges and Samuel makes it clear that an actual King was a later development and something God wasn’t King on. Even after Ancient Israel adapted monarchy, the Bible makes it certain that a Near Eastern God-King monarchy it was not. The King of Israel was supposed to obey the Torah like every other Jew. Kings who did not, got into some big trouble. My guess is that Ancient Israel was a republic in the same way that the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a republic even though it had a King.Report

  2. The ancient Hebrews were free folk that never bent the knee. You know nothing, Jon Rowe.Report

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