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141 in the UIG UJLCilCaa likeness UJ. CTwCXlRCmCIlUin already conceived Aehaemenifttt emperor in Zech. , as well as in the . oa, pp. ^S an Book of Job Mum 9 which was written about a century later. 5 Dan. vii. 9-10. This precise and vivid picture of Yahweh in tHe lilccncas of im Achaememan Great King appears to have been borrowed by Judaism ^2Sorotrimnism. : BcwAc/a TOU Scot (Heidelberg 1926, -Wixxt^r), p. the Ancient of Days ... has nothing whatever in common with the god. the Jews would never have visualized in this shape ; the Ancient of Days I AJburai romm Y*>iweh SCHISM IN THE SOUL arch of a universal state in whose their conceptions of for example, 35 not, however* the only monlikeness his subjects have shaped The Achaemenian Great King is an Almighty God, In the Egyptiac World, Sun-God as a former king of Egypt, as the father of the reigning Pharaoh, and as the protector and leader of the nation, still a kind of ideal king, resulted in the most important consequences The qualities of the earthly kingship of the Pharaoh were for 'the conception of the Religion.

Cyrus is in Babylon the legitimate king who has been elected by Marduk, while Nabonidus is the apostate who has been rejected. In the eyes of the Prophets of Israel the victory of the Assyrians and Chaldaeans over the Prophets* countrymen is the work of the victims' own national god. He wills to chastise his people, and who had shown even to annihilate them, because they fail to understand his true nature; and he demonstrates his power all the more dazzlingly by bestowing the gift of world domination upon a nation which knows nothing of him and which fondly imagines that he is one of the powers whom it has vanquished.

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