Reconsidering Israel and Judah: Recent Studies on the Deuteronomistic History

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Hardcover The Deuteronomic or, more properly, Deuteronomistic History is a modern theoretical construct which holds that the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and ... Kings constitute a single work, unified by a basic homogeneity in language, style, and content. This construct owes much to the influence of Martin Noth's classic study of the Deuteronomistic History, contained in his larger Uberlieferungsgeschichtliche Studien. According to Noth, the Deuteronomist incorporated the deuteronomic law into the beginning of his work, framing it with speeches by Moses. The Deuteronomist then added other sources, such as tales of conquest and settlement, prophetic narratives and speeches, official annals and records. While this larger thesis has stood the test of time, there is much disagreement among contemporary scholars about a wide variety of issues. The present collection attempts to provide readers with an understanding of the important developments, methodologies, and points of view in the ongoin Read more Show Less

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Editors' Preface
Introduction 1
App. 1 Summary of M. Noth's Major Work on the Deuteronomistic History
App. 2 Abbreviations Related to the Deuteronomistic History
The Central Theological Ideas 20
Speech and Prayer in the Deuteronomistic and the Chronicler's Histories 31
"Histories" and "History": Promise and Fulfillment in the Deuteronomistic Historical Work 47
The Kerygma of the Deuteronomistic Historical Work 62
The Themes of the Book of Kings and the Structure of the Deuteronomistic History 79
The Law and the Nations: A Contribution to Deuteronomistic Tradition History 95
Deuteronomy in Search of Origins 112
The Succession of Joshua 139
Gilgal: A Contribution to the History of Worship in Israel 163
The Role of the Priesthood in the Deuteronomistic History 179
The Deuteronomic Theology of the Book of Joshua 194
The Deuteronomist from Joshua to Samuel 204
Joshua 24 Re-examined 240
The Apology of David 260
The David-Saul Narrative 276
David's Rise and Saul's Demise 319
Solomon: Bathsheba's Firstborn 340
1 Kings 8:46-53 and the Deuteronomic Hope 358
Prayer and Propaganda: Solomon's Dedication of the Temple and the Deuteronomist's Program 370
Dog Food and Bird Food: The Oracles against the Dynasties in the Book of Kings 397
Which Oracle Granted Perdurability to the Davidides? A Textual Problem in 2 Kings 8:19 and the Function of the Dynastic Oracles in the Deuteronomistic Historical Work 421
Toward a Redactional History of the Book of Kings 446
Ephraimite versus Deuteronomistic History 462
Redaction, Recension, and Midrash in the Books of Kings 475
The Royal Novella in Egypt and Israel 493
The Counsel of the "Elders" to Rehoboam and Its Implications 516
The State of Israelite History 540
New Directions in the Study of Biblical Hebrew Narrative 566
The Centre Cannot Hold 578
What, If Anything, Is 1 Samuel? 601
Index of Authors 615
Index of Scripture 624
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