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Bibil Identifier bibil:226473
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Divine Intervention and Human Error in the Absalom Narrative
Author Avioz, Michael
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 339-347 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article demonstrates that the punishment eventually imposed upon Absalom was not only due to Nathan’s oracle in 2 Samuel 12, but was also the outcome of Absalom’s own deeds. Absalom’s narrative thus contributes to the structuring of the account according to the model of dual causality. On the divine level, Absalom is an instrument in God’s hands to punish David, according to the rule of ‘punishing children for the iniquity of parents’ (Exod. 20.5; 34.7; Num. 14.18; Deut. 5.9); on the earthly level, however, Absalom is unaware of divine will, and he is motivated to act erroneously by his own bad nature—his ambitiousness, his narcissism, and similar traits—when he rebels against his father.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212466461
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Retribution
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sin
Pericopes 2 Samuel 13-20
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