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The Demise of the Warlord: A New Look at the David Story
Bodi, Daniel

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2010 pp. vii + 270. $85.00

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Hebrew Bible Monographs, 26

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Description: The novelty of this monograph on David and Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11Ė12) lies in its placing the narrative in the context of the behaviour of nomadic warlords and Amorite tribal chieftains as reflected in several Akkadian texts from Mari and Mesopotamia. The biblical story is interpreted in the light of an Akkadian literary topos depicting the ideal warlike existence of a Bedouin tribal chieftain. According to this topos, Davidís dallying with women, and eating, drinking and living in the shade rather than leading armies into military exploits would be considered unworthy of a warlord and disparaging to his reputation.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Ancient Near East, Mesopotamian Literature, Literature

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Review by Jeremy Hutton
Published 12/29/2011
Citation: Jeremy Hutton, review of Daniel Bodi, The Demise of the Warlord: A New Look at the David Story, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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