Description: The study discusses the Old Testament's parable of Nathan and the subsequent condemnation of King David. The intriguing episode of the
Prophet Nathan pronouncing judgment on the erring King David has always attracted the interest of the exegete and various researchers have
used different methods to separate the condemnation of King David from the ancient author. This study presents a synchronic reading of the
canonical text that reveals the episode as the mirror image of the oracle of eternal dynasty pronounced to David by the same prophet in the
Second Book of Samuel 7. It is indeed the work of the deuteronomistic writer who has adapted an oracle against the dynasty of David and
trimmed it to the advantage of his hero in the unfolding of history.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Literary Approaches
Review by George G. Nicol
Citation: George G. Nicol, review of James Donkor Afoakwah, The Nathan-David Confrontation (2 Sam 12:1-15a): A Slap in the Face of the Deuteronomistic Hero?, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.