LÁSZLO T. SIMON, IDENTITY AND IDENTIFICATION. An Exegetical and Theological Study of 2 Sam 21-24
These chapters, usually called the "appendix" of Samuel have been given relatively little attention in Old Testament scholarship. Nevertheless, the very marginality of this sequence, either in the sense of being considered previously as a kind of leftover, thematically unfit and chronologically inappropriate where it can be found; or because of its place, standing, in fact, in a marginal position, i.e. at the end of the book, turns out to be of heuristic value and its intrusiveness reveals itself as an interpretative key to the understanding of the whole book they conclude.
Whereas the Appendix was usually interpreted in terms of the evaluation of king/kingship/monarchy, the present study assumes a different point of view. On the one hand it is discussed how "foreigners" are visualised, directly or indirectly, in these chapters imbued with violence, and on the other, how David is represented as an Identifikationsfigur.
The Appendix exhibits a certain detachment from the cult. Bearing in mind the important role 2Sam 22 plays both within the Appendix and in the framework of the whole of Samuel it would seem probable that 2Sam 21-24 was added partly to create a "book" and so it also bears on the non-cultic use of the psalms in the post-exilic period.
LÁSZLO T. SIMON was born in Gyor (Hungary) in 1963. He joined the Benedictine order in 1982. After earning a licentiate in biblical theology at the Gregorian University he studied literature in Budapest, and then he taught English and literature in one of the high schools run by his order. In 1998 he returned to Rome and with the present dissertation gained the doctorate in biblical theology.
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