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Bibil Identifier bibil:218996
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) David, Jether, and Child Soldiers
Author Bosworth, David A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 185-197 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract David’s enthusiasm for killing ‘this uncircumcised Philistine’ (1 Sam. 17.26, 36) contrasts with Jether’s refusal to kill Zebah and Zalmunah (Judg. 8.20). David’s victory over Goliath lives in cultural memory as a famous victory of youth over experience and weakness over strength. Jether’s reluctance to kill is almost entirely forgotten. The widespread celebration of the youthful David’s heroics overlooks aspects of the text that characterize David negatively, implicitly denigrates Jether, and tacitly endorses child soldiering. This article contrasts David and Jether and correlates their narratives with information about child soldiers in ancient Israel and the modern world.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211423715
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Childhood
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
Pericopes 1 Samuel 17
Judges 8
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