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Kings as gods
Ancient belief that a king might also be a god.
Key passages
Eze 28:1–2

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Because your heart was haughty, and you said, ‘I am a god; I sit in the seat of the gods, I sit in the heart of the seas!’ But you are a …

Eze 28:6

Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Because of your regarding your mind like the mind of a god,

Jdt 3:8

And then he broke down all their borders, and he cut down their groves since it was given to him to destroy all the gods of the earth so that all the nations should worship only Nebuchadnezzar, and all tongues and all their tribes might call upon him as god.

Jdt 6:3

But we, his slaves, will strike them as one man, and they will not be able to resist the might of our cavalry.

Wis 14:17–20

who, because people could not honor them by sight because they lived far away, and they imagined their appearance from a distance, they made a visible image of the honored king, so that through zeal they might flatter the absent king as if present. But the ambition of the artisan encouraged …