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Prophets Come Lately: Prophetic Additions to the Book of Kings

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The stories about Northern prophets in the book of Kings which have not yet been treated fall into the following categories: the Elijah cycle in 1 Kings 17-19, the battle accounts in 1 Kings 20 and 22, the story of Elijah in 2 Kings 1, and the Elisha narratives in 2 Kings 2-8 and 13. Most of these narratives reflect a complex history of development that cannot be reconstructed with certainty. This chapter surveys in broad terms the more obvious and widely accepted developmental features of these prophetic tales. But the author's main interest will be the relationship between these Northern prophetic legends and Dtr's composition of Kings. The Elijah cycle in 1 Kings 17-19, then, was a late, post-Dtr insertion into Dtr's account of Ahab. The chapter discusses the final stage of the story and its relationship to Dtr's composition in the book of Kings.

Keywords: book of Kings; Dtr's composition of Kings; Elijah cycle; Elisha narratives; Northern prophets; prophetic tales

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