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Bibil Identifier bibil:214361
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Kimham - Barsillais Protégé
Author Willi-Plein, Ina
Congress volume Seitenblicke
2nd Publication Kimham - Barsillais Protégé
Year (Reference) 2011
Language German
Pages 354-373 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article focuses on Kimham, a person who is even less noticed by today's readers than his patron Barzillai the Gileadite. Both of them seem to be rather marginal figures in the long "Tale of David's House" ("Davidshausgeschichte", abbrev. to "DHG") which I assume to begin with 1Sam 14:47-52 + 17:55 d to end in 1Kings 2. Its central theme is how - although David was a nobody - he "House of David" came into being as Israel's royal dynasty in Jerusalem. The (reconstructed) literary unit consists of seven single parts, separated from each other by a special transition formula, but a whole, the center of which describes how Absalom's revolt split Israel. For the DHG, "Israel" is a group of families or clans shaped by common tradition and conventions; it is not a state but rather a corporate identity of persons controlling public life. Its most important territory is the region of Gilead, where David, being in flight from Absalom, is welcomed and strongly supported by a delegation of three magnates at Mahanaim (2Sam 17). One - and obviously the most important - of them is Barzillai. When invited by the returning king to sit at the royal table in Jerusalem, he politely suggests that young Kimham - a totally unknown person - should instead follow the king and enjoy David's benevolence (2Sam 19). As Barzillai's protégé Kimham seems to be a brilliant young man- intelligent enough to provide informal information between Jerusalem and the important families of traditional Israel in Gilead. The writer of the DHG investigated thoroughly and seems to have been near to if not contemporary with David's last years in Jerusalem. His familiarity with the territory of Judah and the Judean desert, with the roads and places of the Philistine coastal plain, and with the surroundings of Jerusalem as well as the local character of Gilead is remarkable. In spite of a certain distance to Saul he is always aware of Israel's tradition. So as a working hypothesis, with regard to the DHG we assume that Kimham is the auctor in fabula.
Pericopes 2 Samuel 19
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