Structure and its Significance: The Narrative of Solomon's Reign (1 Kings 1-12.24)

Amos Frisch

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Abstract

After detailed observations on K.I. Parker's thesis (‘Repetition as a Structuring Device in 1 Kings 1-11’, JSOT 42 (1988], pp. 19-27), another theory about the structure of the narrative of Solomon's reign in Kings (NSR) is presented. In the light of literary-theological considerations, the scope of NSR is held to be 1 Kings 1.1-12.24. The narrative consists of 9 units arranged in a concentric structure, at the centre of which stands the description of the Temple (6.1-9.9). This structure not only emphasizes the Temple, but also suggests criticism of Solomon after the focal unit, at first implied and then (from 11.1) explicit. The contrast between the last units and their parallels gives weight to the concept of reward and punishment: Solomon's s loyalty to God yields blessings, whereas disloyalty causes misfortunes climaxing with his son losing his rule over the tribes of Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Volume16
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1991

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