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Eyewitness Accounts in the Book of Samuel? A Reappraisal

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According to general opinion, the first two chapters of the book of Kings constitute the conclusion of the Succession Narrative. In this chapter, there are clear reminiscences to a fertility ritual: not only in the dancing and leaping of a semi-nude king but also in David's blessing of the people and the gifts he presents to them both men and women which are connected with fertility as well. In regard to the historical value of this part of the Bible, an important point of consideration is the general assumption that the genre of the Succession Narrative is that of an eyewitness account. In the same way, the Succession Narrative is not an eyewitness account, written to justify Solomon's accession to the throne, but rather a tale in which the reader is confronted with the tragic fate of a pious king who had committed a deadly sin.

Keywords: eyewitness accounts; Samuel; Succession Narrative



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