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Tearing the Kingdom: The Jeroboam Cycle in 1 Kings 11-14

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The Jeroboam cycle in the MT contains several difficult passages which are crucial for any understanding of the composition of the book of Kings and the Deuteronomistic History (DH). This chapter focuses on three key passages in the cycle in an effort to characterize the role of the Jeroboam cycle in the book of Kings. In Überlieferungsgeschichtliche Studien (1967:72) Noth argued that it contained an earlier prophetic story about Ahijah's encounter with Jeroboam which Dtr had revised for inclusion in his History. The passage is notorious for its inconsistencies regarding Jeroboam's role in the convocation at Shechem. The intriguing legend about the young man of God from Judah and the old prophet from Israel in 1 Kings 13 (MT) stands apart from the other narratives about Jeroboam in that it has no Old Greek counterpart either in the "supplement" or elsewhere in LXX or the Lucianic tradition.

Keywords: Überlieferungsgeschichtliche Studien; Ahijah; book of Kings; Deuteronomistic History (DH); Israel; Jeroboam cycle; Judah; Lucianic tradition



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