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Bibil Identifier bibil:214362
Publication Type Article of book
Title (German, Long) Scheba ben Belial (2Sam 20)
Title (German, ) Über nichtsnutzige Widerspenstigkeit und zielgerichtete Klugheit
Author Klein, Johannes
Congress volume Seitenblicke
Year (Reference) 2011
Language German
Pages 374-393 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The story about the rebellion of Sheba (2Sam 20) serves to enrich the interpretative methods of the esthetics of reception for the historical interpretation of the text. By characterizing Sheba as "ben belial" (v 1) and the woman of Abel as clever (v 16), the story makes visible a discrepancy between the fictious addressee and the real readers that can be dissolved only on the level of the full context of the story. This leads to the conclusion, that the judgmental statements of the narrator are not part of the text before this specific layer. An author, who operated at the end of the 8th or beginning of the 7th century BCE, placed the story in its present context (at least 1Sam 10-1Kings 12), making use of critical material about the person of David of north Israelite provenience. On the one hand, he describes the rebellion against any established authoritative structure as "belialic," but on the other hand, he identifies the acceptance of the authority for the sake of peace as clever, even though this authority can have obvious deficits. Looking at this statement of the conception of the story as a whole, it is possible to make some cautious considerations about the historical reconstruction of the rebellion of Sheba. The result is that Sheba was more dangerous than commonly assumed. Although considerations from the domain of the esthetics of reception are textually immanent due to their character, this article shows that they can transcend the text and can be connected to historical events.
Pericopes 2 Samuel 20
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