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Bibil Identifier bibil:203619
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) David's Sojourn in Keilah in Light of the Amarna Letters
Author Naʾaman, Nadav
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 87-97 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The article examines the story of David's sojourn in Keilah (1 Sam. 23:1-13) in light of the episode of the sojourn of a band of 'Apiru in the same city in the Amarna period. The biblical story is analyzed in the first part of the article, and is followed by a reconstruction of the 14th century BCE historical episode on the basis of some Amarna letters. The remarkable accord between the biblical and extra-biblical descriptions with regard to location and social conditions opens the way to a better understanding of both. The pro-Davidic character of the biblical story is evident from what the narrator includes in his story, as much as by what he left out. The extra-biblical source is the key to filling in the missing details that the narrator deliberately left out of his story.
DOI 10.1163/004249310X12585232748145
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : 2d millennium : El Amarna Letters
Pericopes 1 Samuel 23,1-23,13
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