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A Kingdom for a Stage: Political and Theological Reflection in the Hebrew Bible
Hamilton, Mark W.

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xi + 256. Ä99.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 116


Description: The political rhetoric of ancient Israel took several literary, architectural, and graphic forms. Much of the relevant material concerns kingship, but other loci of authority and submission also drew significant attention. Mark W. Hamilton illustrates how these "texts" interacted with other political rhetorics, especially those of the great Mesopotamian empires. By paying close attention to the argumentation of the Israelite literature as well as their function as epideictic oratory building solidarity with hearers he reveals the complexity of Israelite intellectual activity both during and after the period of the monarchy. By doing this he shows that this body of thought lies at the heart of Western political thought even today.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel

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Review by Diana Edelman
Published 2/21/2019
Citation: Diana Edelman, review of Mark W. Hamilton, A Kingdom for a Stage: Political and Theological Reflection in the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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