Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2015)
Holy writs are the storehouses and repositories of religion but behind them are the more important human agents known as redactors who dictate how religious issues are to be understood. Assimilation is a very important motif used by the redactors in the whole of Old Testament to achieve an atmosphere of beneficial association by which the Israelites demonstrate the superiority and supremacy of Yahweh (יהוה) over the gods of their neighbours.In the passage under study, Israel lost a crucial war to the Syrians and suffered heavy casualties including scores of captives and prisoners of war taken away to Syria. Yahweh could still work through it all to establish his supremacy over Syria through the captive Israelite maid. The vital lesson of it is that no situation is too grave for יהוה to work through to bring glory to his name. To the Old Testament redactors, missionary expedition is envisioned from the point of view of sustaining the distinctness of the faith in the midst of religious diversities, while asserting the supremacy and sovereignty of יהוה over all the earth. A vital instrument for achieving both objectives is the assimilation motif. By this device, Israelite elements of faith are made to filter, in a missionary fashion, into the domain of their neighbours, even their hostile ones.
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