Why Does the Hebrew Bible So Often Refer to God as "Lord of Hosts"?

Host means army, but who were God’s armies?

From The Taking of Jericho, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot. Jewish Museum, New York

From The Taking of Jericho, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot. Jewish Museum, New York

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Aug. 7 2019
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