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Bibil Identifier bibil:211985
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Literary Relationship between I–II Samuel and I–II Kings
Title (English, ) Considerations Concerning the Formation of the Two Books
Author Hutzli, Jürg
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 122, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 505-519 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In recent research on the literary history of the Former Prophets several scholars argue for a first deuteronomistic history-book consisting of I Sam – II Reg. While the argument for a Dtr history book relating to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah seems sound, the assessment that the bulk of I–II Sam (and I Reg 1–2) was an integral part of this work presents several difficulties. C. Westermann puts emphasis on the different genres: While I–II Sam above all includes stories, I–II Reg consists mainly of historical accounts. In addition to this observation, the important theological divergences between the two books should also be taken into consideration. Certain tendencies of the stories of Samuel – the positive interest for various cult-places (i.e. Shilo, Rama, Bethel, Gilgal, Nob, Hebron), the drawing of a very ambiguous image of David – are in a strong tension to the main principles of the authors of I–II Reg: essential for their judging of Israelite and Judean kings is the strict observance of the command of cult centralization and the imitation of a king David who in I–II Reg is seen in an entirely positive way. The purpose of the present article is to lay out the evidence for several discrepancies between I–II Sam and I–II Reg as well as to reassess the literary-historical relationship between the two unities.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2010.036
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Former Prophets : Kings
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Former Prophets : Samuel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Central Sanctuary
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