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David's Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament
Galvin, Garrett

Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016 pp. xi + 173. $24.95


Description: Davidís Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament argues for a new reading of kingship in the Old Testament. Rather than presenting the kings as monstersówith the occasional angelic ruleróthis study seeks a more nuanced version of kingship. This book considers the original concept and context of kingship before concentrating on five kings in particular: Jeroboam, Ahab, Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Josiah. Much contemporary scholarship is concerned with the reconceptualization and recontextualization of kingship that hearkens from a negative perspective on kingship, but this book will fully consider the positive and original vision of kingship. This book is ultimately rooted in a hopeful and joyful view of humanity as found in the Psalms, Sirach, and the Chronicles.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by David G. Firth
Published 12/14/2017
Citation: David G. Firth, review of Garrett Galvin, Davidís Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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