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Title: The troubles of David and his house : textual and literary studies of the synoptic stories of Saul and David in Samuel-Kings and Chronicles
Author: Ho, Craig Yuet-Shun
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The aim of this thesis is to evaluate an almost two-century old view of current Old Testament scholarship on the interrelationship between the books of Samuel-Kings and the books Chronicles (Chr), which claims that the author of Chronicles (the Chr) based his work on the former corpus in more or less the existing form. The evaluation is preceded by a preliminary investigation into the grounds upon which that view has been accepted to show that it is based mainly on the relative dating of the history of religion as depicted in the two historiographical works and the supposed relative historical values of the two works, neither of which guarantees Chr's dependence on Samuel-Kings. It is astonishing to find that the received view is not based on detailed textual and literary comparison of the two works in general, the parallel texts in particular. Thus, instead of attacking the historical conclusions which are derived from the text, an investigation is offered of whether or not the prevailing view is also supported by detailed textual and literary study of some three chapters of parallel texts (I Chr 10-12 and their counterparts in the books of Samuel). In the first chapter the textual and literary connections of the two versions of Saul's final battle (I Sam 31 and I Chr 10) with their narrative contexts are explored to show that whereas the Samuel pluses and variants are mainly connected with accounts in which David's innocence in the demise of Saul and his house is defended, the Chr variants are mainly connected with stories before David's estrangement from Saul.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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