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Most of what is known of Israelite kingship and the monarchic institution is largely based on later and ideologically slanted material, making the comparison of Biblical texts to their antecedents necessary. The book discusses references to the myth in the Hebrew Bible in connection with the relevant witnesses from relevant ancient Near Eastern traditions. Different iterations of the combat myth witness to the continuation, longevity, malleability, and the capacity of the myth to transform to suit changing historical realities. In contrast to previous research, the study demonstrates three distinct sources for the Biblical traditions in addition to living local iterations of the myth. In addition to vestiges retained in the Hebrew Bible, based on the analogy of preceding, concurrent, and continuing traditions in the shared cultural sphere, the accumulation of mythic traditions suggests that it was used in the Palestinian kingdoms to resolve the crisis of monarchy and to legitimize sovereign political rule. After the end of the Jerusalem monarchy, the myth was democratized and reforged to legitimize the existence of the people of Israel.
|Place of Publication||Münster|
|Number of pages||621|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|MoE publication type||C1 Scientific book|
|Name||Alter Orient und Altes Testament|
Fields of Science
- 615 History and Archaeology
Silverman, J. M., Svärd, S., Lahelma, A., Nikki, N., Töyräänvuori, J., Jokiranta, J., Laine, L., Kletter, R., Bonnie, R., Thomas, S., Holmqvist-Sipilä, E., Kouki, P., Wasmuth, M., Wallis, C., Lorenzon, M., Jauhiainen, H., Jauhiainen, T., Alstola, T., Bach, J., Fink, S., Konstantopoulos, G., Zaia, S., Sahala, A., Miettunen, P. H., Avneri Meir, R., Aissaoui, A. I., Arpe, O. P., Luukko, M. I., Kovanen, H., Linden, K., Bennett, E. R., Saari, S. & Vanderstraeten, E.
01/01/2018 → 31/12/2025
Project: Research project