Legitimacy, Illegitimacy, and the Right to Rule Paperback

Windows on Abimelech's Rise and Demise in Judges 9

by Gordon K. Oeste;

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Legitimacy, Illegitimacy, and the Right to Rule

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This book explores the portrayal of the rise, reign, and demise of Abimelech in Judges 9 and asks about whose interests this portrayal may have served. The negative depiction of Abimelech's kingship in this chapter, coupled with Gideon's rejection of kingship in Judges 8:22-23, has led interpreters to view the passage as anti-monarchic. This perspective clashes with the pro-monarchic stance of Judges 17-21. However, while the portrayal of Abimelech's kingship is negative, it may yet have served as a legitimation strategy for the monarchy. In support, this study examines Judges 9 through three methodological lenses: a narrative analysis, a rhetorical analysis and a social scientific analysis. In addition, anthropological data on early and developing states shows that such states attempt to prevent fissioning (the tendency inherent within political systems to break up and form other similar units) by subverting local leaders, groups, and institutions, and so legitimate the centralization of power. When read in this light, Judges 9 supports monarchic interests by seeking to subvert localized rule and alliances in favor of a centralized polity.

Legitimacy, Illegitimacy, and the Right to Rule by Gordon K. Oeste was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in May 2013. The ISBN for Legitimacy, Illegitimacy, and the Right to Rule is 9780567110626.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 2013)
Number of Pages288
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4077622
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