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Writing and Rewriting the Story of Solomon in Ancient Israel


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Part I. Introduction, Sources and Historical Background: 1. An introduction; 2. Sources - epigraphical, archaeological, and biblical; 3. Challenging recent dismissals of the United Monarchy; 4. Solomon's Kingdom - historical evaluation and case studies; Part II. Solomon's Birth, Rise, and Temple-Building: Literary and Historiographical Observations: 5. Solomon's birth story and its setting in 2 Samuel 10-12 - redaction history versus compositional unity; 6. Love of God and apologia for a king - Solomon as the Lord's beloved king in biblical text and ancient Near Eastern contexts; 7. Solomon's birth and names in Second temple period literature; 8. Solomon's pre-monarchic life in biblical historiography; 9. Solomon's physical appearance and leadership in biblical historiography; 10. Solomon's succession to the throne - history and contrasting historiographies; 11. The coronation of Solomon, David's testament and its implementation; 12. 'Why is the city in an uproar?' - Solomon's coronation story in its biblical context; 13. Solomon's temple-building and its divine approval in the early and late biblical historiographies; 14. Writing and rewriting the story of Solomon.

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Analyses Solomon's birth, rise, and temple-building within scriptural, archaeological and historical contexts.

About the Author

Isaac Kalimi is Gutenberg-Research University-Professor in Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Israelite History, and Fellow of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg at Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz, Germany, Foreign Member of the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, and Honorary Member of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies. Kalimi is one of the world's leading scholars in his field. He is also regarded as a pioneer of intercultural and interdisciplinary scientific exchange between Jewish and Christian theologies. Kalimi has published numerous books and articles, including The Reshaping of Ancient Israelite History in Chronicles (2005, reprinted 2012; recipient of the 2006 R. B. Y. Scott Book Award, by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies), An Ancient Israelite Historian (2005), The Retelling of Chronicles in Jewish Tradition and Literature (2009), Fighting Over the Bible (2017), Untersuchungen zur Judischen Schriftauslegung und Theologie (2018), and Metathesis in the Hebrew Bible (2018).


'Writing and Rewriting the Story of Solomon in Ancient Israel takes on much more than the subject implied by its title. This volume principally addresses history, presenting Isaac Kalimi's views about 'what actually happened' ... Kalimi offers well-reasoned work on the biblical texts, and his examinations of the archaeological and epigraphical data is a delightful bonus. No one who is seriously interested in the texts about King Solomon should overlook this volume.' John W. Herbst, Reading Religion
'This detailed study offers comprehensive literary and historical-critical reading of, for the most part, the biblical texts which deal with the reign and person of Solomon ... [Kalimi] provides a detailed account of the differences between these sources and the reasons for them and covers extensively the various theoretical positions which have developed over the last century ... Excellent study ...' A. G. Hunter, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

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