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Fate of Justice and Righteousness during David's Reign

Narrative Ethics and Rereading the Court History according to 2 Samuel 8:15-20:26

Fate of Justice and Righteousness during David's Reign

Narrative Ethics and Rereading the Court History according to 2 Samuel 8:15-20:26

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567689276
Number of Pages: 294
Published: 27/06/2019
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
This work argues that 2 Sam 8:15-20:26 is a literary unit designed to show how David and his house failed to establish "justice and righteousness" during David's reign over all Israel. After an introductory chapter and a chapter on critical methodology the rest of the work is a close reading of 2 Sam 8:15-20:26 that pays special attention to narrative ethics. Chapter 3 makes a case for reading 2 Sam 8:15-20:26 as a coherent literary unit reflecting an ethical world-view grounded in kindness and having as its main theme "the failure of justice and righteousness to be established during David's reign." Chapter 4 presents a case for reading 2 Sam 8:15-10:19 as an account of the beginnings of justice and righteousness during David's reign in which David's kindness towards Mephibosheth is presented as analogous to a Mesopotamian royal declaration and was performed as an inaugural act of charity upon David's ascent to the throne.

Prof. Richard G. Smith

Richard G. Smith is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University.

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