n. — the God of Israel understood as king who rules over his people, Israel.
Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King [מֶ֫לֶךְ].
Psalm 149:2 (NRSV)
Marc Zvi Brettler has written a very influential work on the conception “God is king” in the Hebrew Bible. The work is titled God is King: Understanding an Israelite metaphor. Consider checking out Brettler’s work in conjunction with the Bible Sense Lexicon’s entry for “God ⇔ king.” Within that entry you will find many of the biblical texts that Brettler deals with in his book, all in one place. Perhaps check out the entry before reading the book, to develop your own preliminary ideas about the concept. You can additionally use the Bible Sense Lexicon to explore other metaphors for God, such as “God is father” and “God is creator,” using the hierarchy on the left side of the tool. You can then compare and contrast these different conceptions of God with the conception of God as king.
What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?
Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.
The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.
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