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Harvard Theological Studies 63

The Surprising Election and Confirmation of King David

It is not frequent that a book comes along and proposes a bold new approach to a problem that was once thought to be solved. Short’s bold and deftly argued thesis about the founding of the Davidic Kingdom is going to mark a new direction for the exegesis of I and II Samuel.—Gary A. Anderson, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

This provocative and well-reasoned interpretation of David’s rise to kingship challenges the standard political reading of the narrative and impressively recovers its key theological dimensions. By refusing to assimilate the text to its putative ancient Near Eastern parallels, Randall Short enriches our understanding of an exceedingly subtle and complex narrative in a valuable way. This volume should command the attention of scholars, students, and clergy alike.—Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School

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