Saul and the Monarchy: A New Look
Saul and the Monarchy: A New Look

Saul and the Monarchy: A New Look

in Society for Old Testament Study Monograph Series

by Simcha Shalom Brooks

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Pages 238
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Published 2005
ISBN-13 9780754652045
The negative biblical presentation of King Saul of Israel has been biased in favour of David at the expense of Saul. This book presents a more positive picture and more realistic view of the culture of the period extending from Saul to the schism. Simcha Shalom Brooks explores a number of controversial issues such as the historicity of the biblical text on which so many modern scholars are sharply divided; that David was ambitious and coveted Saul's throne, and even though David became king, the people continued to support the house of Saul.

This book makes a valuable contribution to the current biblical debate as to the existence of ancient Israel in the Iron Age 1 Period. Simcha Shalom Brooks draws on literary, historical and archaeological material to present a balanced view of the period.

  • Contents:
  • Preface;
  • Ancient Israel: fiction or historical reality?;
  • Introduction to the emergence of monarchy;
  • Saul and the Deuteronomist;
  • Saul and David; King Saul: origins and achievements;
  • Gibeah of Saul;
  • From Saul to the Schism;
  • Summary and conclusions;
  • Bibliography;
  • Indexes.


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