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J. BLENKINSOPP, Theme and motif in the succession his tory (2 Sam. xi 2 ff) and the Yahwist corpus

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In recent decades several influences have contributed to sapping the confidence of those documentary critics who pursued Pentateuchal source division down through the historical books. The various stylistic elements call for a whole series of detailed studies; but in what follows, which is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive, the author likes to point out some motifs which are common to both the Succession History and the opening scene of the Yahwist corpus. One motif which is found both in the David narratives and in the Yahwist Paradise recital, at least implicitly, is the beauty and divine wisdom of the king. This affinity of general theme and particular motifs with regard to Provo. i-x is especially significant in view of the cultural ties of the Solomonic empire and court with Egypt, the importance of which is being increasingly recognised.

Keywords: David narratives; Egypt; motif; Solomonic empire; Succession History; Yahwist corpus



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