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Bibil Identifier bibil:215904
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On Patterning in the Book of Samuel: 'News of Death' and the Kingship of David
Author Berger, Yitzhak
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 463-481 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recent scholarship on Samuel has acknowledged a pattern of instances where a central figure receives ‘news of death’. This article proposes a new version of this pattern, which takes into account an additional, pivotal case - the messenger’s report of the death of Uriah - and suggests that the pattern traces the central question of the future of Davidic kingship. David’s reaction to Uriah’s death marks a shift in attitude that calls into question the fate of his royal family, an attitude that is reversed in his response to the death of Bathsheba’s infant son. The events that follow, however, continue to threaten Davidic kingship in ways underscored by the ‘news of death’ scenes relating to the fall of Amnon and Absalom.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210385654
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Death
Pericopes 1 Samuel 2,34
2 Samuel 1
2 Samuel 11-12
2 Samuel 18,6-18,32
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