The Sword Of Goliath / Edition 1

The Sword Of Goliath / Edition 1

by Stanley Jerome Isser
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589830792

ISBN-13: 9781589830790

Pub. Date: 08/15/2003

Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature

Shifting the perspective of the biblical story of David from historicity to genre and popular culture, Isser (Judaic and religious studies, State U. of New York-Albany) compares the stories with other heroic literature, including those in Homer, King Arthur, and Robin Hood. The David stories originated in popular heroic literature, he concludes, and only a small

Overview

Shifting the perspective of the biblical story of David from historicity to genre and popular culture, Isser (Judaic and religious studies, State U. of New York-Albany) compares the stories with other heroic literature, including those in Homer, King Arthur, and Robin Hood. The David stories originated in popular heroic literature, he concludes, and only a small fragment of them found their way into the Bible. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the book and distributes the paperbound edition; Brill distributes the clothbound edition. edition. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589830790
Publisher:
Society of Biblical Literature
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Series:
Studies in Biblical Literature
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
1,206,024
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
1.Introduction1
2.Approaches to the Biblical Text5
The Text as Historical Literature5
Source Analysis6
Focus on the Deuteronomist and Beyond11
The Question of Historicity14
The Minimalists and Their Opponents15
3.Popular Heroic Tradition22
Poetic Fragments22
Catalogues of Heroes23
The Hero's Companion25
Other Characters27
Other Heroic Elements27
David and Goliath28
The LXXB Version29
The Material Omitted by LXXB29
The Sword of Goliath34
David as a Rogue37
Samuel, Saul, and Gad41
Conclusions44
4.Other Heroic Traditions46
Homer46
King Arthur47
5.Development of the Tradition: Background52
Thesis52
Genre: Story, Biography, or Apology?54
Setting of the Story and Issues of Historicity59
6.Formation of the Legend72
The Tales behind Short Notices and Longer Military Accounts72
Enhanced Stories and Tales75
Development of Characters77
Poetry or Prose?78
Collecting Traditions and Fixing the Legend80
The Orality Factor83
Uses of the Legend: Samuel-Kings and Beyond85
The Relevance of Herodotus87
Summary98
7.A Fresh Look at David in the Twenty-first Century: The Young David100
General Issues100
Biography104
Samuel109
The Ark Narrative, Part 1 (1 Sam 4-7:1)111
Samuel and the Israelite Demand for a King (1 Sam 7:3-8:22)113
Saul Becomes King (1 Sam 9-12)115
Saul and His Opponents: Philistines, Amalekites, Samuel (1 Sam 13-15)118
Anointment of David (1 Sam 16:1-13)122
David's Appearance at Saul's Court (1 Sam 16:14-23)123
David vs. Goliath and the Aftermath (1 Sam 17-20)124
David the Fugitive (1 Sam 21-26)127
David the Mercenary (1 Sam 27; 28:1-2; 29; 30)133
The Death of Saul (1 Sam 28:3-24; 31; 2 Sam 1)136
The Issue of Sources138
8.A Fresh Look at David in the Twenty-first Century: David as King148
King at Hebron (2 Sam 2-5)149
Consolidation of Power: Extermination of the Saulides (2 Sam 21:1-14; 9:1-13; 6:20-23)154
Bathsheba and Uriah (2 Sam 11-12)157
David and Absalom (2 Sam 13-20)159
Solomon's Coup d'Etat (1 Kgs 1-2)166
The Added Units170
9.Last Words180
Bibliography185
Index of Authors191
Index of Subjects193

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