Society and the Promise to David: The Reception History of 2 Samuel 7:1-17

Hardcover | May 1, 1999

byWilliam M. Schniedewind

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In the second book of Samuel, the prophet Nathan tells King David that God will give to him and his descendants a great and everlasting kingdom. In this study Schniedewind looks at how this dynastic Promise has been understood and transmitted from the time of its first appearance at theinception of the Hebrew monarchy until the dawn of Christianity. He shows in detail how, over the centuries, the Promise grew in importance and prestige. One measure of this growing importance was the Promise's ability to coax new readers into fresh interpretations.

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In the second book of Samuel, the prophet Nathan tells King David that God will give to him and his descendants a great and everlasting kingdom. In this study Schniedewind looks at how this dynastic Promise has been understood and transmitted from the time of its first appearance at theinception of the Hebrew monarchy until the dawn of...

William M. Schniedewind is at University of California at Los Angeles.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"This is an impressive work of erudition, not least for the range of historical and literary material (both primary and secondary) that it covers. Schniedewind is to be complimented on his careful consideration of historical, sociological, and archaeological data in portraying the context ofthe different moments he treats. . . . [T]he book will reward its reader and merits a positive reception." --Journal of Biblical Literature