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Divine Prerogative and Royal Pretension


Sheffield Academic Press 1998

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In this close reading of a text central to the story of David, the author, using the tools of linguistic pragmatics and poetics, exposes the text's promotion of a prophetic-based ideology, through a polemical rhetoric that polarizes David and Yahweh around the opposed notions of king (melek) and leader (nagid). He then goes on to analyze the context, in ancient Near Eastern royal ideology and in Samuel, for how the text develops this opposition, and finally reflects on its promulgation of the supreme mediacy of the prophetic word.

Product Details

  • Title: Divine Prerogative and Royal Pretension
  • Author: Donald F. Murray
  • Series: Studies on David collection
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 361

About Donald F. Murray

Donald F. Murray is Lecturer in the Department of Theology, University of Exeter.