Describe the rise of the monarchy. What brought about the emergence of the monarchy and what theological and political tensions surfaced in the process? Draw upon at least 5 texts (don’t quote; just cite chapter and verse) from the books of Judges through Samuel to support your answer.
A monarchy is a form of government in which a natural person, the monarch, is head of state until death or abdication. The governing power of the monarch may vary from purely symbolic (crowned republic), to restricted (constitutional monarchy), to fully autocratic (absolute monarchy), combining executive, legislative and judicial power. A monarchy is a type of tyrannical regime in which all or most political power is concentrated in the hands of a single ruler, the sovereign. This essay will therefore bring into consideration the rise of monarchy, what brought about its emergence and theological and political framework that exist in the process.