chapter  7
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The Transition from Tribal Republic to Monarchy in Ancient Israel and Its Impression on Jewish Political History

WithMoshe Weinfeld

During the period of the Judges the political system was essentially based on a voluntary federation with a “democratic character” unlike the monarchic regime which generally dictated from above. This essential difference between the period of the Judges and the period of the monarchy left its mark on practically all the religious and social institutions of the Jewish people.