Leithart on Monarchy

Finally!  He says what I’ve been saying, and this is the final refutation to the anti-monarchical theonomists.

Monarchy was not, as Nugent says, a “detour” from Torah, since Torah explicitly prophesies of and provides for monarchy (Genesis 49; Deuteronomy 17).  (I’m tempted to say, Those who oppose monarchy to law, have you not read the law?)  It’s a monarchy far different from the monarchies of the Gentiles, but a monarchy nonetheless.  If David was a “detour,” further, it is odd that the prophets again and again hold out the hope that Israel would return to the “detour” (Isaiah 9:7; 16:5; 33:15-26; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25).  It is also difficult to see how the diaspora weaned Israel from “imperial entanglement,” since the diaspora left Israel more entangled with empire than ever.

http://www.leithart.com/2010/12/18/defending-defending-constantine/

Elsewhere Leithart notes that when the Israelites demanded a king, they demanded the king on the pagans, and not the Torah’s, terms.

http://www.leithart.com/2010/12/07/kingship-and-god/

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