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Bibil Identifier bibil:207547
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Van Seters' Saga of King David
Author Yoreh, Tzemah
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 10, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 103-114 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Saga of King David by John Van Seters is an engrossing yet scholarly book, written with an originality that has challenged the field of bible for more than forty years. Expanding and revising a series of articles and the less detailed analysis of his sweeping opus In Search of History, Van Seters puts the final nails in the coffin of the Solomonic dating of the books of Samuel and the Succession Narrative. He offers his own original hypothesis, namely that the Succession Narrative was composed in the late Persian period as a satirical response to the Deuteronomistic Historian's account of David's reign. He submits that the Sitz im Leben of the account is the mercenary dominated martial culture of the late fifth and early fourth century Near East. As is typical to much of Van Seters' work, he mostly disregards language as a means of dating the Court History. In the absence of linguistic criteria in the bulk of the material under discussion which would indicate a Persian date of composition, many scholars will look in askance at Van Seters' very late dating of I and II Samuel. This problem and others identified in this review should, however, not deter scholarship from deeply engaging with Van Seters' ideas.
DOI 10.1163/156921210X500549
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Former Prophets : Samuel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
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