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Omri in Context: An Israelite King Between History and Theology

Brown, Kevin (2020) Omri in Context: An Israelite King Between History and Theology. The Journal of Wesleyan Thought. pp. 1-5. ISSN ISSN 2209-8291

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The practice of comparing and contrasting the Hebrew Scriptures with their Ancient Near Eastern background has proven immensely helpful for a better understanding of the biblical text. This paper will briefly outline how the contextual approach developed by William Hallo and Lawson Younger can be adapted to achieve the goal of illuminating a chosen biblical passage against its wider linguistic, cultural, and archaeological background. The focus will be upon 1 Kgs 16:24 which describes Omri’s purchase of Samaria. This biblical account will be placed in comparison and contrast with the annals of Ashurnasirpal II which describe his acquiring of Kahlu as the site for the capital city. King Omri and King Ashurnasirpal II were contemporaries. Both kings relocated their nation’s capital and founded the new site within a close chronological timeframe. Yet the record of establishing each city differs considerably. This paper will briefly consider the texts concerned, but in particular, highlight the way that a contextual method allows us to see in the biblical account an aspect of the text that would otherwise remain hidden.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Omri, Contextual method, comparative biblical studies
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220407 Studies in Religious Traditions (excl. Eastern, Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Kevin Brown
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 03:46
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 03:46
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3845

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