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Writing and Rewriting the Story of Solomon in Ancient Israel

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  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471268

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  • Solomon's image as a wise king and the founder of Jerusalem Temple has become a fixture of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic literature. Yet, there are essential differences between the portraits of Solomon that are presented in the Hebrew Bible. In this volume, Isaac Kalimi explores these differences, which reflect divergent historical contexts, theological and didactic concepts, stylistic and literary techniques, and compositional methods among the biblical historians. He highlights the uniqueness of each portrayal of Solomon - his character, birth, early life, ascension, and temple-building - through a close comparison of the early and late biblical historiographies. Whereas the authors of Samuel-Kings stay closely to their sources and offer an apology for Solomon's kingship, including its more questionable aspects, the Chronicler freely rewrites his sources in order to present the life of Solomon as he wished it to be. The volume will serve scholars and students seeking to understand biblical texts within their ancient Near Eastern contexts.

    • Compares the ways that Solomon is portrayed in the Books of Samuel and Kings on the one hand, and in the Book of Chronicles on the other
    • Evaluates the significance and limitations of the textual and archaeological materials that are available for reconstructing the period of Solomon
    • Provides a sense of how each generation has its own historians and unique descriptions of a historical figure (in this case King Solomon)
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471268
    • length: 402 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction, Sources and Historical Background:
    1. An introduction
    2. Sources – epigraphical, archaeological, and biblical
    3. Challenging recent dismissals of the United Monarchy
    4. Solomon's Kingdom – historical evaluation and case studies
    Part II. Solomon's Birth, Rise, and Temple-Building: Literary and Historiographical Observations:
    5. Solomon's birth story and its setting in 2 Samuel 10-12 – redaction history versus compositional unity
    6. Love of God and apologia for a king – Solomon as the Lord's beloved king in biblical text and ancient Near Eastern contexts
    7. Solomon's birth and names in Second temple period literature
    8. Solomon's pre-monarchic life in biblical historiography
    9. Solomon's physical appearance and leadership in biblical historiography
    10. Solomon's succession to the throne – history and contrasting historiographies
    11. The coronation of Solomon, David's testament and its implementation
    12. 'Why is the city in an uproar?' – Solomon's coronation story in its biblical context
    13. Solomon's temple-building and its divine approval in the early and late biblical historiographies
    14. Writing and rewriting the story of Solomon.

  • Author

    Isaac Kalimi, University of Mainz, Germany
    Isaac Kalimi is Gutenberg-Research University-Professor in Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Israelite History, and Fellow of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany, Foreign Member of the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, and Honorary Member of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies. Kalimi is one of the world's leading scholars in his field. He is also regarded as a pioneer of intercultural and interdisciplinary scientific exchange between Jewish and Christian theologies. Kalimi has published numerous books and articles, including The Reshaping of Ancient Israelite History in Chronicles (2005, reprinted 2012; recipient of the 2006 R. B. Y. Scott Book Award, by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies), An Ancient Israelite Historian (2005), The Retelling of Chronicles in Jewish Tradition and Literature (2009), Fighting Over the Bible (2017), Untersuchungen zur Jüdischen Schriftauslegung und Theologie (2018), and Metathesis in the Hebrew Bible (2018).

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