Acharei Kiddush: Jerusalem Throne Games: Bible Story Battles after the Death of David

June 1, 2019 - 1:15pm

Jerusalem Throne Games: Bible Story Battles after the Death of David explores the political battle for power to succeed David expressed through selected stories from the beginning of the Book of Genesis.

In these confrontations, combatants wielded a new weapon of war that was changing the course of human history, the alphabet prose narrative. With this weapon, competing factions battled for throne not with the blog, the op ed, the tweet or the essay, but through storytelling.

In this book six of those stories from Gen. 4–11 are analyzed through the lens of the succession of Solomon and the collapse of his kingdom. These stories are identified as “son” stories or supplements to the existing alphabet narrative from the time of David. They were written by the various factions or priesthoods vying for power and are political in nature.

These stories will be the subject of the presentation. The questions raised in the traditional rabbinic and academic interpretations demonstrate the need for a political interpretation from the time of Solomon. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Peter Feinman received his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. from New York University, an MBA from New York University, and an Ed. D. from Columbia University. His interests cross disciplinary boundaries including American history, ancient civilizations, biblical history, and New York history. He is the author of AWhere Is Eden?@ in Creation and Chaos: A Reconsideration of Hermann Gunkel's Chaos Kampf Hypothesis, “Jericho,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, and “Canaanites, Catholics, and God’s Chosen Peoples: William Foxwell Albright’s Biblical Archaeology,” Near Eastern Archaeology. His current book is Jerusalem Throne Games. He is a contributor to the forthcoming book Five Views of the Exodus and will be writing a book The Exodus: An Egyptian Story.  He advocates for the importance of local and New York State history in the curriculum, community, and tourism and is the author of a blogs on The State of New York State History. American History, Civics and Politics, and Biblical Archaeology and Literature.

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