Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation › Academic
This paper seeks to address the significance of the election of Judah for a canonical understanding of the kingdom of YHWH over Israel. It discusses the so-called hourglass model, which is developed by the Dutch biblical scholar Henk de Jong as a hermeneutical guide for understanding the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Henk de Jong discerns a pattern of ongoing narrowing in the Old Testament, and he explicitly includes the election of Judah. As part of a PhD research project, this paper discusses his argument, in order to come to a better understanding of the theological significance of the election of Judah in particular and the election motif in the Hebrew Bible in general. Why does YHWH use election in his kingdom over the world and over Israel, and what specifically is the significance of the election of Judah in that context?