King and Kin

Political Allegory in the Hebrew Bible
Joel Rosenberg
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1986
ISBN: 978-0-253-11457-0
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“A useful addition to collections on the study of the Bible as literature.” —Choice

“ . . . reflects not only on what the Bible is saying, but on how and why. The result is an illumination of the role of compositional art in the analysis of the past and its consequent political implications.” —Shofar

“Clearly, there is much to gain from a careful reading of this book.” —Journal of the American Oriental Society

Joel Rosenberg explores the fundamental concepts and contradictions in the history of pre-exilic Israel, emphasizing the transition from tribal confederation to national kingdom. The result is a fascinating illumination of the role of compositional art in the analysis of the past and its consequent political implications.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration of Hebrew Words

Preliminaries: the Question of Biblical Allegory
I. The Garden Story Forward and Backward: The
Non-Narrative Dimension of Gen. 2-3
II. Is There a Story of Abraham?
III. David without Diagrams: Beyond Structure in the
Davidic History
From House to House
Going Indoors
YHWH’s Anointed
Amnon and Tamar
Nabal and Abigail
Absalom
The Imperium
The Sons of Zeruiah
“This Way and That”
“Good and Evil”
The Garden
Epilogue: The Nature of an Allegorical Relation

Abbreviations
Notes
Index