Righteous Jehu and his Evil Heirs: The Deuteronomists Negative Perspective on Dynastic Succession

Hardcover | December 22, 2007

byDavid T. Lamb

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David T. Lamb examines not only the dynasty of Jehu within the narrative of 2 Kings, but also the broader context of the dynasties of Israel and Judah in the books of Kings and Samuel. Lamb discusses religious aspects of kingship (such as anointing, divine election, and prayer) in both the OldTestament and in the literature of the ancient Near East. He concludes that the Deuteronomistic editor, because of a deep concern that leaders be divinely chosen and obedient to Yahweh, sought to subvert the monarchical status quo by shaping the Jehuite narrative to emphasize that dynasticsuccession disastrously fails to produce righteous leaders.

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David T. Lamb examines not only the dynasty of Jehu within the narrative of 2 Kings, but also the broader context of the dynasties of Israel and Judah in the books of Kings and Samuel. Lamb discusses religious aspects of kingship (such as anointing, divine election, and prayer) in both the OldTestament and in the literature of the anci...

David T. Lamb is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:December 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231478

ISBN - 13:9780199231478

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Righteous Jehu3. Jehu and David: Two Charismatic Kings4. Jehu's Evil Heirs5. Jehu's Dynasty and the Deuteronomist's Perspective on Dynastic Succession6. Conclusion