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Theories Of The Redaction(s) Of Kings

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The redaction history of Kings is rarely discussed without also addressing the redaction history of other books in the Former Prophets or, more broadly, other books in the Enneateuch. This chapter begins with an overview of the case for viewing Kings as part of the Deuteronomistic History (DH). The connection between Kings and the books that immediately precede it in the Hebrew Canon (Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel) is most often expressed in terms of the hypothesis of a DH. The proponents of the dual redaction theory have elaborated on Cross' hypothesis and applied it in considerable detail to specific clusters of passages. The chapter discusses the recent arguments for separating Kings as a distinct redactional unit from the books preceding it in the Hebrew canon. It also discusses many different directions contemporary scholarship has taken to explain the compositional history of book of Kings.

Keywords: Deuteronomistic History (DH); dual redaction theory; Hebrew Canon; Israel in the Book of Kings



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