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The Book of Kings and Exilic Identity: 1 and 2 Kings as a Work of Political Historiography

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by South Africa) Dr. Nathan Lovell (george Whitefield College

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    • Publisher

      Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    • Published

      August 2022

    • Weight

      459g

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    The Book of Kings and Exilic Identity: 1 and 2 Kings as a Work of Political Historiography

    Today's Price £37.33



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    Nathan Lovell proposes that 1 and 2 Kings might be read as a work of written history, produced with the explicit purpose of shaping the communal identity of its first readers in the Babylonian exile. By drawing on sociological approaches to the role historiography plays in the construction of political identity, Lovell argues the book of Kings is intended to reconstruct a sense of Israelite identity in the context of these losses, and that the book of Kings moves beyond providing a reason for the exile in Israel's history, and beyond even connecting its exilic audience to that history.

    The book recalls the past in order to demonstrate what it means to be Israel in the (exilic) present, and to encourage hope for the Israelite nation in the future. After developing a reading strategy for 1-2 Kings that treats the book as a coherent narrative, Lovell examines the construction of Israelite identity within Kings under the headings of covenant, nationhood, land, and rule. In each case he suggests that the narrative of the book creates room for a genuine but temporary expression of Israelite identity in exile: genuine to show that it remains possible for Israel to be Yahweh's people during the exile, but temporary to encourage hope for a future restoration.

    Specification

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    • Published

      August 2022

    • Weight

      459g

    • Dimensions

      156 x 234 x 18 mm

    • ISBN

      9780567698568

    • ISBN-10

      0567698564

    • Eden Code

      5613532

    More Information

    • ISBN: 9780567698568

    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    • Release Date: August 2022

    • Weight: 459g

    • Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 18 mm

    • Eden Code: 5613532


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