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Bibil Identifier bibil:247455
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Portrait of the Kings
Title (English, ) The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics
Author Joseph, Alison L.
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 40560
Place 222.5.08
Publishing house Fortress Press
Place Minneapolis
ISBN 978-1-4514-6566-2
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
272 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract Much of the scholarship on the book of Kings has focused on questions of the historicity of the events described. Alison L. Joseph turns her attention instead to the literary characterization of Israel’s kings. By examining the narrative techniques used in the Deuteronomistic History to portray Israel’s kings, Joseph shows that the Deuteronomist in the days of the Josianic Reform constructed David as a model of adherence to the covenant, and Jeroboam, conversely, as the ideal opposite of David. The redactor further characterized other kings along one or the other of these two models.
The resulting narrative functions didactically, as if instructing kings and the people of Judah regarding the consequences of disobedience. Attention to characterization through prototype also allows Joseph to identify differences between pre-exilic and exilic redactions in the Deuteronomistic History, bolstering and also revising the view advanced by Frank Moore Cross. The result is a deepened understanding of the worldview and theology of the Deuteronomistic Historians.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Deuteronomist
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Kingship
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