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Bibil Identifier bibil:202483
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'My Father is King': Chiefly Politics and the Rise and Fall of Abimelech
Author Heffelfinger, Katie M.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 33, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 277-292 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This study argues that the `complex secondary chieftainship' model recently articulated by Robert D. Miller offers explanatory power for understanding several inconsistencies in the Abimelech narrative of Judges 8 and 9. The `complex secondary chieftainship' model is briefly sketched and applied to four logical gaps in Abimelech's story. These gaps are (1) the contradiction between Gideon's refusal of hereditary kingship and the assumption by all of the characters that one of Gideon's sons would rule after him, (2) the appeal Abimelech makes to the best interests of the lords of Shechem, (3) the story's treatment of the raiding done by the lords of Shechem as a personal offense against Abimelech, and (4) the reason for Abimelech's unmotivated attack on Thebez.
DOI 10.1177/0309089209102497
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Power (Political)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Premonarchical Period : Judges : Abimelech
Pericopes Judges 8-9
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