Jeroboams Royal Drama

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byKeith Bodner

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Among the most challenging biblical figures to understand is Jeroboam son of Nebat, the first monarch of northern Israel whose story is told in 1 Kings 11-14. This book explores the characterization of Jeroboam in the Hebrew text, and traces his rags to riches career trajectory. What are thecircumstances whereby this widow's son is elevated to the position of king, with a conditional promise for a lasting dynasty? A close reading of the narrative reveals a literary achievement of great subtlety and complexity. Even though he becomes the negative standard for the rest of Israel's royal history, Jeroboam's portrait is far more nuanced than is often realized and yields a host of surprises for the engaged reader. Numerous issues are raised in the 1 Kings 11-14 material, including questions of power,leadership, and the role of the prophetic office in national affairs. Against the grain of conventional interpretation that tends to idealize or vilify biblical characters, Keith Bodner's study locates the arrival of Jeroboam's kingship as a direct response to scandalous activity within theSolomonic empire.

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Among the most challenging biblical figures to understand is Jeroboam son of Nebat, the first monarch of northern Israel whose story is told in 1 Kings 11-14. This book explores the characterization of Jeroboam in the Hebrew text, and traces his rags to riches career trajectory. What are thecircumstances whereby this widow's son is ele...

Dr. Keith Bodner is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall Univresity in New Brunswick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601887

ISBN - 13:9780199601882

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Prologue: Jeroboam and the Legitimacy of Rebellion1. Ideologies of Kingship: Mechanisms of Power and the Reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon2. Souls of Revolt: Solomon's Adversaries and the Flashback to Jeroboam3. Politics of Rebellion: The Schism of Shechem and the Resistance to Imperialism4. Objects of Control: Golden Calves 2.0 and the Distribution of Power5. Play-Within-A-Play: The Altar and the Allegory of 1 Kings 136. Focus on the Family: The Royal Disguise of Israel's QueenEpilogue: The Future of Jeroboam's Memory