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Title: Two faces of Manasseh : a comparative reading of 2 Kings 21:1-18 and 2 Chronicles 33:1-20
Author: Ohm, Andrew Taehang
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 6046
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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The aim of this thesis is to examine the two portrayals of Manasseh which appear in the books of Kings and Chronicles, considering manifold critical issues including diachronic questions, structure, narrative, literary features, and theological problems. Part One consists of a detailed examination of the Manasseh text in Kings in which I investigate the diachronic issue surrounding the text. In a literary investigation the structure of the Manasseh account is re-examined.  Structurally, the focus of discourse is located in the announcement of Manasseh’s rejection of the call to repentance by Yahweh.  This thesis contends that, distinct from many scholars who see diachronic seams in the Manasseh text in Kings, we cannot find any convincing diachronic levels in the Manasseh account.  Rather, in spite of this terseness in dealing with source materials, Dtr used his own distinctive coherent literary scheme in the whole work on Samuel-Kings. To understand the character of Manasseh, I question Sweeney’s view which sees him a foil to Josiah.  At the micro level of the literary features I examine how the small semantic units of the text are integrated with each other and accomplish their textual purposes. Part two accesses the other face of Manasseh in Chronicles, where he is portrayed as a typical model of a repentant monarchy.  For an examination of the diachronic issues, I question Auld’s view that a common source existed which was used by the Chronicler and the author of Kings.  Within a literary discussion, the structure of the Manasseh narrative is discussed.  With regard to the character, I apply Kalimi’s ‘character creation’ examples to Chronicles, investigating whether his principles can be verified in the Manasseh account. Part Three focuses on the reasons why Kings and Chronicles should be read together, comparing how different meanings are delivered in each different context.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Deuteronomistic history (Biblical criticism)