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Bibil Identifier bibil:225524
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Reconciling Violence and Kingship
Title (English, ) A Study of Judges and 1 Samuel
Author Michelson, Marty Alan
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2012
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 91008
Place 221.08
Publishing house James Clarke & Co
Place Cambridge
ISBN 978-0-227-68013-1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages ix Pages
230 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract In Reconciling Violence and Kingship, Michelson argues that a literary reading of Judges to 1 Samuel reveals a deep rooted and intentional ambivalence towards kingship, due to its intimate connection with socially permissible violence. Michelson expertly constructs a picture of the difficult emergence of the concept of Kingship in ancient Israel, culminating in its establishment as a sacred institution with the anointing of Saul.

Michelson uses a literary method to examine the use of civil and institutionalized violence in the biblical narratives of Abimelech, the Levite and the concubine, and Saul. This reveals a society in which institutionalized violence is permissible in order to curb the 'chaotic' social violence which threatens the survival of communities. The 'chaos' is quelled with the reconciling establishment of kingship. The work of the French critic René Girard allows Michelson to shed light on the fact that institutionalized violence does not lead to social dissolution, but to social tension.

A fascinating literary and anthropological study of one of the bloodier sections of the Bible, this work will enhance the understanding of theologians and historians concerned with kingship and violence in the Israeli narrative in this refreshing analysis. (Editor's abstract)
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Monarchy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Premonarchical Period : Judges : Abimelech
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : United Monarchy (1030-933) : Saul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Girard, René
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Deuteronomist
Pericopes Judges 17,1-17,13
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