Lecture 13. The Deuteronomistic History: Prophets and Kings (1 and 2 Samuel)

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Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (RLST 145) with Christine Hayes The transition from a tribal society under the leadership of elders and eventually charismatic "judges" to a nation under a monarch is traced through the books of Judges and 1 and 2 Samuel. Early stories of local heroes are woven together into a larger history that conforms to the exilic perspectives of the Deuteronomistic School. An extended look at representations of Saul and David (including God's covenant with David) reveal historical shifts and some ambivalence about monarchy and the ideal form of leadership. - Chapter 1. Distinguishing between Israelis and Israelites - Chapter 2. An Alliance of Tribes - Chapter 3. The Book of Judges - Chapter 4. Samuel, a Transition Figure and the Last in a Line of Prophet Judges - Chapter 5. Saul and David as Representations of Ambivalence about Monarchy - Chapter 6. The Davidic Covenant Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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