The King and the Land Hardback

A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World

by Stephen C. Russell;

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The King and the Land

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In The King and the Land, Stephen C. Russell offers a history of space and power in the biblical world by demonstrating how the monarchies in ancient Israel and Judah asserted their power over strategically important spaces such as privately-held lands, religious buildings, collectively-governed towns, and urban water systems. Case studies in the book treat Solomon's use of foreign architecture (1 Kings 5-8), David's dedication of land to Yahweh (2 Samuel 24), Jehu's decommissioning of Baal's temple (2 Kings 10), Absalom's navigation of the collective politics of Levantine towns (2 Samuel 15), and Hezekiah's reshaping of the tunnels that supplied Jerusalem with water (2 Kings 20; 2 Chronicles 32). Steeped in archaeological and textual evidence, this book contextualizes Israelite and Judahite royal and tribal politics within broader patterns of ancient Near Eastern spatial power. By providing a historical investigation into the nature of power and physical space in the Iron Age Levant, this book also offers fresh literary readings of the biblical texts that anchor its theses.

The King and the Land by Stephen C. Russell was published by Oxford University Press in June 2016. The ISBN for The King and the Land is 9780199361885.

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Details for The King and the Land

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (June 2016)
Number of Pages280
Thickness30 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450052
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