The King and the Land: A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

byStephen C. Russell

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In The King and the Land, Stephen C. Russell offers a history of space and power in the biblical world by demonstrating how the monarchies in ancient Israel and Judah asserted their power over strategically important spaces such as privately-held lands, religious buildings,collectively-governed towns, and urban water systems. Case studies in the book treat Solomon's use of foreign architecture (1 Kings 5-8), David's dedication of land to Yahweh (2 Samuel 24), Jehu's decommissioning of Baal's temple (2 Kings 10), Absalom's navigation of the collective politics ofLevantine towns (2 Samuel 15), and Hezekiah's reshaping of the tunnels that supplied Jerusalem with water (2 Kings 20; 2 Chronicles 32). Steeped in archaeological and textual evidence, this book contextualizes Israelite and Judahite royal and tribal politics within broader patterns of ancient Near Eastern spatial power. By providing a historical investigation into the nature of power and physical space in the Iron Age Levant, thisbook also offers fresh literary readings of the biblical texts that anchor its theses.

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In The King and the Land, Stephen C. Russell offers a history of space and power in the biblical world by demonstrating how the monarchies in ancient Israel and Judah asserted their power over strategically important spaces such as privately-held lands, religious buildings,collectively-governed towns, and urban water systems. Case stud...

Stephen C. Russell is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at John Jay College, CUNY.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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