By Jeremy M. Hutton
This research analyzes a number of passages within the Former Prophets (2 Sam 19:12-44; 2 Kgs 2:1-18; Judg 8:4-28) from a literary viewpoint, and argues that the textual content offers Transjordan as liminal in Israel’s historical past, a spot from which Israel’s leaders go back with inaugurated or renewed authority. It then lines the redactional improvement of Samuel-Kings that resulted in this literary symbolism, and proposes a speculation of continuous updating and mix of texts, starting early in Israel’s monarchy and carrying on with till the ultimate formation of the Deuteronomistic background. numerous resource records might be remoted, together with 3 narratives of Saul’s upward push, specified histories of David’s upward thrust, and a court docket background that was once hence revised with pro-Solomonic additions. those texts were mixed already in a Prophetic checklist throughout the ninth c. B.C.E. (with A. F. Campbell), which was once bought as an built-in unit through the Deuteronomistic Historian. The symbolic geography of the Jordan River and Transjordan, which even extends into the hot testomony, used to be for this reason now not the made of a planned theological formula, yet quite the unintended derivative of the contingency of textual redaction that had as its major aim the ancient presentation of Israel’s lifestyles within the land.