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Protest or propaganda : war in the Old Testament book of Kings and in contemporaneous ancient Near Eastern texts / by Aarnoud van der Deijl.

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Subject: Bible. Kings > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Kings > Extra-canonical parallels.
War > Biblical teaching.
Military history in the Bible.
Middle Eastern literature > Relation to the Old Testament.
War in literature.
Military art and science > Middle East > History.
Middle East > History > To 622.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9789047443414
  • ISBN: 9047443411
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xi, 706 pages).
  • Publisher: Leiden ; Brill, 2008.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 689-700) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Preface; List of abbreviations; Chapter One Introduction, terminology, state of the research, research questions; Chapter Two War in the book of Kings; Chapter Three War in a number of extrabiblical texts; Chapter Four Summary and conclusions; Bibliography; Index.
Summary: In this study, the war stories from the Old Testament book of "Kings" are compared to ten extrabiblical texts. Narratological analysis is applied to deconstruct the ideology of the respective literary compositions. The Old Testament ideology of war seems to be neither typically Israelite, as Gerhardt von Rad put it, nor commonly Ancient Near Eastern, as Manfred Weippert thought it to be. This poses the question whether the reading experience of biblical war stories is so very different from, for instance, Assyrian royal inscriptions, both in terms of its literary value and its ideolo.
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