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David in Cultural Memory
Fröhlich, Ida, editor

Leuven: Peeters, 2019 pp. v + 174. $57.00

Series Information
Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 93


Description: The studies collected in this volume are the outcome of papers presented at the workshop “David in Cultural Memory,” held at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest, 9-10 October, 2013. The person of king David of biblical history have long ago been the object of persistent scholarly interest. The present volume aims at offering an assemblage of the diversified memories constructed about David in various collections and communities. Narratives in the Deuteronomistic historiography reflect Ancient Near Eastern social and legal customs, and are added by literary topoi bearing specific meaning, customary motifs of royal biographies. Persian period Chronicles offer a substantially different picture of David. The Psalms’ religious poetry memorized him as an author and example, while prophetic literature and its exegesis refer to him in messianic terms. David is one of the rare figures of biblical history remembered also in visual memory, in the synagogue of Dura Europos. Contributors include Bob Becking, Kĺre Berge, Daniel Bodi, Ida Fröhlich, David Hamidovič, Előd Hodossy-Takács, John Jarick, Dolores G. Kamarda, Thomas Römer, and Géza G. Xeravits.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Chronicles, Prophetic Literature, Writings, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Persian Period, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, Psalms, Reception History

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Review by Walter Dietrich
Published 12/20/2019
Citation: Walter Dietrich, review of Ida Fröhlich, ed., David in Cultural Memory, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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