succession narrative

Chs. 9–20 of 2 Sam. and chs. 1–2 of 1 Kgs. A historical document centred on the court of King David. The narrative has non-historical elements when the author includes lively personal dialogues, but his main interest is political. He demonstrates the legitimacy of David's regime, defends its politics, and is exercised about who should succeed him.

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