Kings Without Privilege: David and Moses in the Story of the Bible's Kings

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A&C Black, 1. jaan 1994 - 203 pages
For almost two centuries biblical scholars have operated in the shadow of de Wette's judgement that the books of Chronicles are derived from and (hence?) historically inferior to the books of Samuel - Kings. Without disputing de Wette's historical feel for the unreliability of the Chronicler, Graeme Auld suggests a fresh model for understanding the interrelationships of these two accounts of the Bible's kings: each had supplemented, quite independently of the other, a common inherited text that had told the story of Judah's kings from David to the fall of Jerusalem. He reconstructs and explains this shared source.
This fresh study shows that the author of Samuel-Kings was no less partisan than the Chronicler when retelling older traditions of Israel and Judah. Sometimes the two books diverge considerably, as over King Hezekiah. At other times the differences are slighter, yet quite as telling: after forty shared verses of petition in Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Jerusalem Temple, the version in Kings ends by appealing to the Exodus and mentioning Moses by name; but Chronicles, as often more traditionally, names David and quotes a Psalm.

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Contents

Solomon and David in Biblical Narrative
12
Judahs Other Kings
68
The Shared Text
104
Moses and David in the Story
128
Room for a View
147
Casting Off
171
Index of Authors
186
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About the author (1994)

Revd Dr A. Graeme Auld is Dean of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Edingburgh.

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