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Davidís Jerusalem: Between Memory and History
Pioske, Daniel D.

New York: Routledge, 2015 pp. xx + 303. $145.00

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Routledge Studies in Religion, 45

Description: The history of Davidís Jerusalem remains one of the most contentious topics of the ancient world. This study engages with debates about the nature of this location by examining the most recent archaeological data from the site and by exploring the relationship of these remains to claims made about Davidís royal center in biblical narrative. Daniel Pioske provides a detailed reconstruction of the landscape and lifeways of early 10th century BCE Jerusalem, connected in biblical tradition to the figure of David. He further explores how late Iron Age (the Book of Samuel-Kings) and late Persian/early Hellenistic (the Book of Chronicles) Hebrew literary cultures remembered Davidís Jerusalem within their texts, and how the remains and ruins of this site influenced the memories of those later inhabitants who depicted Davidís Jerusalem within the biblical narrative. By drawing on both archaeological data and biblical writings, Pioske calls attention to the breaks and ruptures between a remembered past and a historical one, and invites the reader to understand Davidís Jerusalem as more than a physical location, but also as a place of memory.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, History of Religions, Archaeology

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Review by Kyle H. Keimer
Published 11/4/2016
Citation: Kyle H. Keimer, review of Daniel D. Pioske, Davidís Jerusalem: Between Memory and History, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2016).

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