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David Remembered: Kingship and National Identity in Ancient Israel
Blenkinsopp, Joseph

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. xii + 219. $26


Description: In this follow-up study to Judaism, The First Phase, Joseph Blenkinsopp traces the development of traditions about David in the collective memory of the people of Israel and the first Christians, from the extinction of the Davidic dynasty in the sixth century B.C.E. to the early common era.

David Remembered is neither a biography of David nor an exegetical study of the biblical narrative about David. Rather, it focuses on the memory of David as a powerful factor in the formation of social identity, in political activity (especially in reaction to imperial rule), and in projections of the future viewed as the restoration of a never-forgotten past.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Walter Dietrich
Published 7/17/2014
Citation: Walter Dietrich, review of Joseph Blenkinsopp, David Remembered: Kingship and National Identity in Ancient Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Published 7/17/2014
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Joseph Blenkinsopp, David Remembered: Kingship and National Identity in Ancient Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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