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Royal Apologetic in the Ancient Near East
Knapp, Andrew

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. 466. $59.95

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Writings from the Ancient World Supplement Series, 4

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Description: Andrew Knapp applies modern genre theory to seven ancient Near Eastern royal apologies that served to defend the legitimacy of kings who came to power under irregular circumstances. Knapp examines texts and inscriptions related to Telipinu, Hattusili III, David, Solomon, Hazael, Esarhaddon, and Nabonidus to identify transhistorical common issues that unite each discourse.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Religions, Archaeology

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Review by Danny Mathews
Published 2/9/2017
Citation: Danny Mathews, review of Andrew Knapp, Royal Apologetic in the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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