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The Rebellion of Absalom
Bodner, Keith

London: Routledge, 2014 pp. vii + 122. $44.95


Description: With extraordinary range and literary energy, the story of Absalomís rebellion in 2 Samuel ranks as the most elaborate and extensively narrated internal political event in the Hebrew Bible, complete with a host of scandalous and sordid events: illicit sex, murder, cover-up, petty crime, to name a few. For many students approaching the historical books of the Bible, however, texts often fail to address the vitality of this most turbulent period of King Davidís career. Bodner addresses this shortcoming with his The Rebellion of Absalom, a lively analysis of the early monarchy of Israel, written by a recognized commentator of the Bibleís historical books. Concise and insightful, each chapter incrementally focuses on the stages of Davidís rise to power and Absalomís early life and rebellion. Crucial issues in the development of Israelís monarchy are embedded in this story, including: royal legitimation, divine election, succession, usurpation, divine and human punishment. The Rebellion of Absalom is a student-friendly, culturally savvy approach to one of the most important episodes in deciding how the kings of Israel would be determined throughout the monarchic period.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History

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Review by Rachelle Gilmour
Published 2/15/2016
Citation: Rachelle Gilmour, review of Keith Bodner, The Rebellion of Absalom, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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