The Necessary King: A Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomistic Portrait of the Monarchy
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013 pp. xii + 287. $130.00
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 57
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The Necessary King explains why Israel needed a king according to the Deuteronomistic History, and why its exilic readers can expect no future except under Davidic rule. Given Israelís tendency to rebellion against its divine suzerain, the king is the necessary agent of Godís colonization of Israel, making and keeping it a loyal subject. Disqualifying prophets, priests, and judges as potential leaders of Israel, and presenting the people as far too sinful to live without leadership, the Deuteronomistic History portrays the Davidic monarchy as a necessity.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Postcolonial Approaches
Review by Juliana Claassens
Citation: Juliana Claassens, review of David Janzen, The Necessary King: A Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomistic Portrait of the Monarchy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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