National Security in Ancient Israel: A Historical Analysis of Israelite Government Organization and Strategy (13TH- 9TH Century BCE)
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This thesis explores the impact that government organization had on Israelite national security strategy during its conquest of Canaan in the Late Bronze-Early Iron Age 13th 9th century BCE. This research uses Joshuas campaign and six episodes of armed conflict in the period of Judges to examine validity in Israelite strategy. The Israelite government in the periods of Joshua and Judges was a tribal confederacy with God as their sovereign. During their military conquest, the Israelites transformed their government from one having a chief executive that could direct all of its nations resources, to one without this leader. During periods of crisis, judges would be established to restore order, but with inconsistent support, amounting to only regional influence over coalitions of willing tribes. While this change in organization correlates to a declining shift in the progress of the Israelites invasion, the findings suggest that the extent to which Israelite leaders adhered to their nations constitution had a more substantial impact on the validity of strategy than government organization.
- Government and Political Science