Reading Utopia in Chronicles

Reading Utopia in Chronicles

by Steven Schweitzer

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ISBN-13: 9780567363176
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Dr. Steven Schweitzer, Bethany Theological Seminary, USA

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION 1.1 The Current State of Chronicles Scholarship 1.1.1 Authorship of Chronicles 1.1.2 Date of Chronicles 1.1.3 Genre of Chronicles 1.1.4 Three Major Themes in Chronicles 1.1.4.1 Genealogies 1.1.4.2 Politics 1.1.4.3 Temple Cult 1.1.5 The Present Situation and a New Approach to Chronicles 1.2 A New Methodology: Utopian Literary Theory 1.2.1 Definition of Utopianism 1.2.2 The Methodology of Utopian Literary Theory Excursus: St. Thomas More's Utopia 1.2.3 Utopianism and its Literary Form in the Ancient World 1.2.4 Utopianism in Chronicles CHAPTER 2: A GENEALOGICAL UTOPIA 2.1 The Genealogies: Brief Comments on Purposes and Forms 2.1.1 Purposes of Genealogies 2.1.2 Forms of Genealogies: The Function of 1 Chronicles 1-9 as a Literary Preface 2.2 The Genealogical Identity of "Israel" in Chronicles: Genealogy as Utopia Excursus: Prophecy, Speeches, and Authority in Chronicles 2.2.1 Constructing a Lineage: Examples of the Chronicler's Utopian Use of Sources 2.2.2 The "Twelve Tribes" of Utopian Israel: Identifying "Israel" 2.2.3 Judah and Levi in Privileged Positions

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