Biblical Scholars and Old Testament Theology

Biblical Scholars and Old Testament Theology 1. Why do many biblical scholars argue that the Exodus from Egypt and the Conquest of the Land of Canaan most likely did not happen as described in the books of Exodus, Joshua, and Judges?

Biblical Scholars and Old Testament Theology
Biblical Scholars and Old Testament Theology

On this view, how do we explain these stories? Why do they tell the story of Israel’s past in this way? How did these stories develop?

  1. How does the Deuteronomist History depict kingship? In what ways is it seen as a bad thing? In what ways is it seen as a good thing?

Biblical Scholars and Old Testament Theology

In your answer, you must discuss the establishment of the monarchy as well as the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon. Please make sure to cite specific texts in explaining your answer.

  1. It is common to see the account of the life of David as an example of the apologetic genre. One of the features of the story of David’s life in 1-2 Samuel is his lack of involvement in the deaths of his opponents. Who are David’s opponents and those who stand in the way of his claiming the throne over all Israel? How do they die?

Biblical Scholars and Old Testament Theology

If we read the story of David as an apology, how would we interpret these stories? What do they tell us about what happened, or might have happened, during the reign of David?

Do you find this way of reading the story of David to be convincing?

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