Author: Ben WilliamsContinues to examine the Babylonian centralized system of government that a remnant of Israelites on returning to Judea set in place with the rebuilt temple as the national seat of government. EXCERPT:The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines centralism as "the assignment of power and authority to a central leadership in an organization."" It goes on to define centralize as "to bring under a single central authority." As we saw in lesson eight this is what men have been doing since the time of the Tower of Babel. Man's efforts at government have always resulted in centralization of power and authority into the hands of a single despot or a small group of men. Such was the case of the Judean culture.Prior to King Saul Israel functioned under a unique free theocracy with God as the only King. With the advent of human kings Israel came under centralized government with power and authority concentrated in the hands of the king. Beginning with King Solomon the temple at Jerusalem was set up as the center of government. Following the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities and the destuction of the temple a remnant of exiled Israelites returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple re-establishing a centralized government. These Judeans led by the high priest established a national legislative/judicial body known as the Sanhedrin or "council" which was located at Jerusalem. Synagogues were then organized in local communities to handle local government affairs all under the centralized power and authority of the Sanhedrin under the leadership of the high priest. END OF EXCERPT.Lesson nine shows how the Judeans in their "fleshly" desire to be like other nations created their own "monster" that eventually "devoured" them.Includes test questions and answer sheet. 8 1/2" x 11" pre-drilled sheets ready to fit into a three ringed binder. 10 pages
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