Solomon: Israel's Ironic Icon of Human Achievement

Solomon: Israel's Ironic Icon of Human Achievement

by Walter Brueggemann
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570035784

ISBN-13: 9781570035784

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

In this study of Solomon and his place in the larger consciousness of Israel, Walter Brueggemann considers what Old Testament narratives regarding David�s heir reveal about the aspirations and ideals of the ancient Israelite people. On the supposition that figures of legend and lore disclose much about the societies celebrating them, Brueggemann examines assertions…  See more details below

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In this study of Solomon and his place in the larger consciousness of Israel, Walter Brueggemann considers what Old Testament narratives regarding David�s heir reveal about the aspirations and ideals of the ancient Israelite people. On the supposition that figures of legend and lore disclose much about the societies celebrating them, Brueggemann examines assertions about Solomon, a man praised for his wealth, wisdom, and power and depicted as an example of enormous human achievement. Looking beneath the surface of these claims, however, Brueggemann notes that an irony permeates the tradition and invites critique of accepted beliefs. Through close attention to nuances of the biblical text, he exposes the competing interpretive voices that claim to offer a reliable rendering of Solomon.

Brueggemann shows how the tradition of Solomon becomes an arena for interpretive contestation in Israel and suggests that the text makes available not historical reportage but a conflicted pluralistic attempt to sort out the reality of human power in the matrix of covenantal faith.

Beyond the primary narrative of 1 Kings 3-11, Brueggemann evaluates the derivative traditions of Solomon in Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, the Wisdom of Solomon, and some of the Psalms. He also considers references to Solomon in the New Testament and in extrascriptural traditions connected with and attributed to him.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035784
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Beginning points : history and canonicity1
Ch. 2The larger narrative in which "Solomon" is embedded24
Ch. 3The beloved son amid rough-and-tumble power46
Ch. 4How a modest Solomon became a large narrative Solomon : 1 Kings 3-1166
Ch. 5"Solomon" as temple builder87
Ch. 6"Solomon" as wise king104
Ch. 7"Solomon" as economic genius124
Ch. 8The deuteronomic proviso : the voice of ironic criticism139
Ch. 9Chronicles : Solomon glorious, one-dimensional, minus irony160
Ch. 10Solomon as durable teacher : proverbs181
Ch. 11Solomon in canonical extrapolation : Ecclesiastes and Song of songs195
Ch. 12Solomon among "the praises of Israel"215
Ch. 13Solomon in four belated refractions225
Ch. 14Postscript : Solomon in New Testament perspective245

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