Psalm 46:9

Hebrew Bible

7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is on our side. The God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Selah) 8 Come, Witness the exploits of the Lord, who brings devastation to the earth. 9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth. He shatters the bow and breaks the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Stop your striving and recognize that I am God. I will be exalted over the nations! I will be exalted over the earth!” 11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is on our side! The God of Jacob is our stronghold! (Selah)

Psalm 76:3

Hebrew Bible

1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of Asaph, a song. God has revealed himself in Judah; in Israel his reputation is great. 2 He lives in Salem; he dwells in Zion. 3 There he shattered the arrows, the shield, the sword, and the rest of the weapons of war. (Selah) 4 You shine brightly and reveal your majesty, as you descend from the hills where you killed your prey. 5 The bravehearted were plundered; they “fell asleep.” All the warriors were helpless.

 Notes and References

"... The Deuteronomistic Name tradition could indeed be reacting (in accord with the second tenet) against the conceptual matrix of Zion-Sabaoth traditions and yet not necessarily because of the “catastrophe of exile”. According to Mettinger, the Zion-Sabaoth tradition emphasized two key aspects: Yahweh Sabaoth is depicted as king (e.g., Psalm 24:7–10), and Yahweh is invisibly enthroned on the cherubim in the Jerusalem Temple (Psalm 46:5–9; Psalm 76:3; Jeremiah 8:19). This results in a dual conception of divinity. This portrayal of Yahweh, according to Mettinger, “is simultaneously both aniconic (i.e., without icon) and anthropomorphic ... No divine image reposes on the cherubim throne [and yet] God reigns there invisibly like a king in his palace.” The Deuteronomistic Name Theology could be emphasizing the second aspect (Yahweh’s presence in the Jerusalem Temple) yet without the anthropomorphic problem that is inherent with the notion of a king sitting on throne. While the Name Theology might be termed “mysterious”, it is not overly so. By choosing Yahweh’s Name to depict his essence and active, abiding presence, the Deuteronomistic tradition is simply choosing one abstract expression over other abstract ideas ..."

Lewis, Theodore J. The Origin and Character of God: Ancient Israelite Religion through the Lens of Divinity (p. 386) Oxford University Press, 2020

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