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Bibil Identifier bibil:214359
Publication Type Article of book
Title (German, Long) Abschalom - Aspekte seines literarischen Porträts
Author Naumann, Thomas
Congress volume Seitenblicke
Year (Reference) 2011
Language German
Pages 314-330 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay has a look at those attributes that shape the literary image of Absalom. Initially it shows, how political events are consequently and onesidedly pictured in a frame of familial relationships and dilemma within the royal family. There is nowhere a discourse on the assurance of royal power or the preservation of kingship. Conflicts of interest in the war parties or the support groups are reduced solely to the question of loyalty towards one or the other leader. The narrator thus shows an aristocratic conception of authority, having no appreciation of the political interests of the involved parties, where everything depends on the assertiveness of individual leaders. Absalom's literary portrait is outlined amongst others in the three audience scenes (2Sam 13:24-27b; 14:32-33; 15:7-9). Absalom sees David as king and ruler, not as father, while inversely David always invokes the father-son-relationship. He even holds this perspective up after Absalom dispossessed him from the throne and was facing him as opponent in war. Absaloms active and ruthless drive is supported by David's peculiar blindness; this is carefully worked out in the different perspectives of the two protagonists.
Pericopes 2 Samuel 13-20
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