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Historical Writing based on the Wisdom: David’s succession of throne (2 Samuel 9 - 2 Kings 2*)

Minsu Oh 1

1독일 킬(Kiel) 대학교

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ABSTRACT

The history of Israel deals with historical events as its subject matter, and the intervention and revelation of God are the centers of the writings of the history and its development. On the other hand, the Israelite wisdom is based on daily experiences and observations and searches for the inherent causal relationships, and it takes diverse characters and their actions as its main theme. The purpose of this research is to identify the contact point between the historical writings of Israel and their wisdom tradition and to find out its historical significance. For this task, I selected the story of David’s succession to the throne as my research subject, which is considered as one of the oldest historical writings. I observed that the story of David’s succession to the throne employs the typical themes of the wisdom literature, which are arrogance versus humility, wise words, the importance of discipline, and the portrayal of wise characters. Based on my observations, I noticed that the story of David’s succession to the throne is narrated from a perspective of three dimensions. The first dimension is associated with the characters and the events surrounding them, the second, the inherent inevitability of the events, and the third, love of Yahweh. I contend that the teachings of the wisdom tradition are the underlying theme, knitted into the story of David’s succession to the throne, and thus, there exists a very close relationship between the historical writings of Israel and their wisdom tradition. It is made clear, therefore, that integrative thinking exists in the historical writings of Israel.

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