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Structure  of Kings xvii successful in shaking off the yoke of Judah); 16. 6 ( the Edomites still hold Elath, from which the Judaeans were expelled by Rezin, king of Aram). For other occurrences of  unto this day, not necessarily presupposing a pre- exilic date, but illustrating the frequency of the formula as employed by RD, cf. note on p. 1 0 7 . Again, it seems to be clear that, at the time when RD is writing, the Davidic dynasty still possesses a monarch reigning at Jerusalem. David has, and is still to have, a lamp before Yahwe at Jerusalem continually; cf. No. 60 of the phrases of RD above noticed. The expression  before Yahwe at Jerusalem ( I. 11. 36) implies further that the Temple is still standing intact, a point which is also assumed in the dedication prayer of I. 8. 1 5 - 5 3 , which owes its present form to RD ( cf. pp. 1 1 2 ff.). Throughout this prayer the leading petition is that supplication made in or towards Yahwe s Temple built by Solomon may meet with a favourable answer; cf. vv. 29, 30, 31f., 33, 3 5 , 38, 42, 44, 48. We may notice also I. 9. 3, which likewise occurs in a section in which the hand of RD is prominent:— Ί have hallowed this house which thou hast built to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually. Upon these grounds it may be concluded that the main editing of Kings ( viz. that by RD) must have taken place prior to the destruction of the Judaean kingdom, and that such sections of the book as imply an exilic standpoint are therefore of the nature of later redactional additions and interpolations. For the work of RD, influenced, as we have seen him to be, by the spirit and language of Deuteronomy, the terminus a quo is the discovery of Deuteronomy in the year B . C . 6 2 1 , the terminus ad quem the destruction of Jerusalem B. C. 586. And since the writers standpoint seems to indicate that he wTOte before the glamour of Josiahs reformation had wholly or nearly faded during the latter days of the Judaean monarchy, the assumption is fair that  he undertook and completed his book not later than B. C. 600 1. 1 So Kue. Ond. § 26: Wellh. C. pp. 298 ff., & c. König, on the contrary, holds that the editor of Kings compiled his work  not earlier than B. C. 588, i. e. during the Exile ( E i n l e i t u n g , § 53. 3). b Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index t

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Front Matter Title pageCopyright Page Table Of ContentsPREFACEINTRODUCTION§ 1. Structure of Kings.§ 2 . Characteristics of the Chief Ancient Versions of Kings.§ 3. The Synchronisms of the Compiler.LIST OF PRINCIPAL ABBR EVIATIONS EMPLOYED .ContentsNOTES ON I KINGSClose of the history of David. Establishment of Solomon as his successor.History of the reign of Solomon.The vision at Gibeon. Solomons request for wisdomSolomons officers of state. His prosperity and wisdomSolomon's building operations; chiefly, the construction of the Temple and its furnitureSolomon's Second VisionFurther details of Solomon's magnificence and wisdom.Solomon's foreign wives, and his idolatry.Solomon's adversaries; Hadad the Edomite and Rezon the Syrian.History of Jeroboam. Rehoboam's accession and the defection of the ten tribes.Jeroboam's institution of the calf-worship. The prophecy against the altar at Bethel. A brief resumption by RD of the main thread of the history from the end of chapter 12.The sickness and death of Jeroboam's son Abijah.Summary of Jeroboam's reign.Rehoboam, king of Judah.Abijah, king of Judah.Asa, king of JudahBa'asha, king of Israel.Elah, king of Israel.Zimri, king of Israel.Omri, king of Israel. Summary of Ahab's reignJehoshaphat, king of J dah.NOTES ON 2 KINGS Ahaziah, king of Israel.Elisha 'heals' the unwholesome water of Jericho (19 -22), and vindicates his prophetic authority against the insults of children at Bethel (23-25). Elisha makes miraculous provision for the wife of one of the sons of the prophets. Elisha restores to life the son of the Shunammite woman.Elisha causes iron to float.Elisha blinds and captures an Aramaean army.Elisha again assists the Shunammite woman.Elisha's interview with Hazael at Damascus.Ahaziah, king of Judah.Jehu, an officer of the host of Israel, is anointed king at the command of Elisha. He destroys the whole house of Ahab, and extirpates Ba'al-worship from Israel.Summary of Jehus reign: his character and his foreign relations.Introduction by RD to the reign of Jehoash.Measures taken by Jehoash for the repair of the Houseof Yahwe. Closing events of the reign of Jehoash, summarized by RD.Jehoahaz, king of Israel.Jehoash, king of Israel.Amaziah, king of Judah.Jeroboam II, king of Israel.Azariah, king of Judah.Zechariah, king of Israel.Shallum, king of Israel.Menahem, king of Israel.Pekahiah, king of Israel. Pekah, king of Israel. Jotham, king of Judah.Ahaz, king of Judah.Hoshea, king of Israel. Fall of the kingdom. Commentary by RD upon the causes which brought about the downfall of the Northern Kingdom.The foreign settlers in the district of Samaria.Hezekiah, king of Judah. Manasseh, king of Judah. Amon, king of Judah.Josiah, king of Judah. The finding of the Book of the Law, and the religious reformation to which it gave rise. Jehoahaz, king of Judah. Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Jehoiachin, king of Judah. Zedekiah, king of Judah.Destruction of the Temple and City of Jerusalem. Gedaliah, governor of Judah.Kindness shown to the captive Jehoiachin by Evil-Merodach, king of Babylon. Back MatterAPPENDIX1 Inscription of Mesha, king of Moab.2 The Siloam Inscription. 3 Inscription of the Monolith of Shalmaneser II, 11. 78-102. 4 Fragment of the Annals of Shalmaneser II. 5 Narrative of Sennacherib's Third Campaign (B.C. 701), from the Taylor Cylinder, Col. II. 1. 34-Col. III. 1. 41. ADDITIONSINDEXBack Cover
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