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Is Samuel among the Deuteronomists?: Current Views on the Place of Samuel in a Deuteronomistic History
Edenburg, Cynthia and Juha Pakkala, editors

Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. x + 371. $39.95
Introduction by Cynthia Edenburg and Juha Pakkala

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Description: The book of Samuel tells the story of the origins of kingship in Israel in what seems to be an artistically structured, flowing narrative. Yet it is also marked by an inconsistent outlook, divergent styles, and breaks in the narrative. According to Noth’s Deuteronomistic History hypothesis, the Deuteronomistic historian constructed the narrative by piecing together early sources and generally refrained from commenting in his own voice. Recent studies have called into question the extent of Samuel’s sources and their redaction history, as well as the textual growth of the book as a whole. The essays in this book, representing the latest scholarship on this subject, reexamine whether the book of Samuel was ever part of a Deuteronomistic History. The contributors are A. Graeme Auld, Hannes Bezzel, Philip R. Davies, Walter Dietrich, Cynthia Edenburg, Jeremy M. Hutton, Jürg Hutzli, Ernst Axel Knauf, Reinhard Müller, Richard D. Nelson, Christophe Nihan, K. L. Noll, Juha Pakkala, and Jacques Vermeylen.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches

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Review by David G. Firth
Published 11/17/2014
Citation: David G. Firth, review of Cynthia Edenburg and Juha Pakkala, eds., Is Samuel among the Deuteronomists?: Current Views on the Place of Samuel in a Deuteronomistic History, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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