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Bibil Identifier bibil:213191
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Conversation in the Succession Narrative of Solomon
Author Willis, Joyce
Author Pleffer, Andrew
Author Llewelyn, Stephen
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 61, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 133-147 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Reading 1 Kings 1-2, the account of the succession of Solomon, one is left with a strange impression. On the one hand, in its current telling and context it clearly seeks to offer a favourable account of the process. On the other hand, one just has to scratch the surface of this story to see an underlying and less favourable account. The paper notes the importance role that private conversations play in the story to argue that an earlier telling of the story was largely fabricated by a party opposed to the Davidic monarchy and Solomon in particular. According to this telling, a cloud stood over Solomon's legitimacy; David was hoodwinked by Nathan and Bathsheba into believing that he had made an earlier promise that Solomon would succeed; Solomon came to the throne by means of a palace coup; Abishag was not David's concubine and Adonijah's request for her was quite innocent; however, his approach and private conversation with Bathsheba was manipulated by Solomon and his supporters to remove significant personal opponents.
DOI 10.1163/156853311X551466
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : United Monarchy (1030-933) : Solomon
Pericopes 1 Kings 1-2
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