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War In The Book Of Kings

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Chapter Summary

In order to obtain an overview of the texts that feature the theme of ‘war’, it is useful to classify them based on genres. In the book of Kings, we come across the theme of ‘war’ in four different genres. In the first place, the theme appears in the short notes known as the “framework". The second genre is made up of the slightly more elaborate tales, such as 1 Kings 14:25–26. The third genre, Solomon’s prayer, is connected to the second. This prayer also features the theme ‘war’. The fourth genre, in which we can observe the theme ‘war’, is that of the stories in which a king and a prophet oppose each other. In this investigation, this chapter concentrates on these stories in particular. To be exact, it treats the following texts: 1 Kings 12, 20, 22, 2 Kings 3, 6:8–7:20, 18–19.

Keywords: Book of Kings; Old Testament



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