Portrait of the Kings Paperback

The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics

by Alison L. Joseph;


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Portrait of the Kings

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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.

Portrait of the Kings by Alison L. Joseph was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in January 2015. The ISBN for Portrait of the Kings is 9781451465662.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (January 2015)
Weight263g
Number of Pages284
Thickness18 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781451465662
ISBN-101451465661
Product Code4307230
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