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The Fate of Justice and Righteousness During David's Reign

Narrative Ethics and Rereading the Court History According to 2 Samuel 8:15-20:26

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The Fate of Justice and Righteousness During David's Reign by Richard G. Smith
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This work argues that 2 Sam 8:15-20:26 is a literary unit designed to show how David and his house failed to establish "justice and righteousness" during David's reign over all Israel. After an introductory chapter and a chapter on critical methodology the rest of the work is a close reading of 2 Sam 8:15-20:26 that pays special attention to narrative ethics. Chapter 3 makes a case for reading 2 Sam 8:15-20:26 as a coherent literary unit reflecting an ethical world-view grounded in kindness and having as its main theme "the failure of justice and righteousness to be established during David's reign." Chapter 4 presents a case for reading 2 Sam 8:15-10:19 as an account of the beginnings of justice and righteousness during David's reign in which David's kindness towards Mephibosheth is presented as analogous to a Mesopotamian royal declaration and wasperformed as an inaugural act of charity upon David's ascent to the throne.

Author Biography

Richard G. Smith is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University.
Release date Australia
January 28th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
black & white illustrations
T.& T.Clark Ltd
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