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The Composition Of Kings

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In the works of the early Deist challengers of unitary Mosaic composition of the Pentateuch, the narratives of Samuel and Kings played an important part. In early analyses of the composition of Kings, starting with Eichhorn, the attempt was made to take the Pentateuchal sources, such as they had thus far been discerned mainly in dialogue with Jean Astruc, as having been assembled in their present form rather late, possibly by Ezra. The analysis of source materials was carried through, at least impressionistically, to the end of the Former Prophets. Martin Noth's emphasis was on the historiographic qualities of the Deuteronomistic History, and of its principal author. The canonization of Amos and Hosea, probably at almost exactly the same time, also reflects the Hezekian line on Israel.

Keywords: Deuteronomistic history; Ezra; Hezekiah; Israel; Samuel-Kings



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