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The ‘shared text’ of Samuel–Kings and chronicles re-examined

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In 1983 Graeme Auld and the author, put forth the proposal that the so-called 'Court History' or 'Succession Narrative' of 2 Samuel 9-20; 1 Kings 1-2, was not a source for the Deuteronomist but a much later supplement to the original narrative. While Auld is ready to acknowledge that the 'shared text' may consist of different literary strata and the plusses of Samuel-Kings may likewise be stratified, the Chronicler's additions seem to make up a single, homogeneous supplement by one author. The account of Solomon's succession to the throne of David in 1 Kings 1-2 has been completely and radically revised by the Chronicler in 1 Chronicles 23-29. It is the Court History that creates the episode of the struggle between David's sons and the palace intrigue that puts Solomon on the throne before David's death, and it is this innovation that the Chronicler seeks to revise and white-wash.

Keywords: Chronicles; Court History; David; Graeme Auld; Samuel-kings; Solomon

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