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Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition$
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Mark Leuchter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199659340.001.0001

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Viewing Samuel through a Deuteronomistic Lens

Viewing Samuel through a Deuteronomistic Lens

(p.13) 1 Viewing Samuel through a Deuteronomistic Lens
Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition

Mark Leuchter

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the scholarly model of a Deuteronomistic History and the modality of thought identified as ‘Deuteronomistic’ to assess the various claims on Samuel's memory. It first considers the definition of Deuteronomism as a concept, the meaning of the term ‘Deuteronomistic’, who the Deuteronomists were, and how the literature associated with this group developed. It then explores how the Deuteronomists constructed both a legal collection, Deuteronomy, and a theoretical narrative model of Israel's landed experience, the Deuteronomistic History, in order to establish a vision of society where sacral leadership and old covenantal ideals formed the basis for evaluating righteousness, theological fidelity, and social responsibility. It also discusses the emergence of the ultimate (or penultimate) form of these works during the period of the Babylonian Exile, along with the occurrence of a substantial amount of narrative and legal composition during the last few decades of the Judahite monarchy.

Keywords:   evaluating righteousness, Deuteronomistic History, Samuel, Deuteronomism, Deuteronomy, Israel, social responsibility, Babylonian Exile, Judahite monarchy

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