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A Hypertextual Commentary


Bartosz Adamczewski

The book demonstrates that the books of Samuel–Kings, taken together, are a result of one, highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Deuteronomy. This detailed reworking consists of almost 2000 strictly sequentially organized, conceptual, and at times, also linguistic correspondences between Samuel–Kings and Deuteronomy. The strictly sequential, hypertextual dependence on Deuteronomy explains numerous surprising features of Samuel–Kings. The critical analysis of Samuel–Kings as a coherently composed Judaean hypertextual work disproves the hypothesis of the existence of the Deuteronomistic history and its variants. It also sheds entirely new light on the question of the origin of the so-called Enneateuch Genesis–Kings.

Sequential hypertextuality; Samuel–Kings and Deuteronomy; Date and place of composition; First Samuel as a reworking of Deut 1–7; Second Samuel as a reworking of Deut 8:1–13:6; First Kings as a reworking of Deut 13:7–27:25; Second Kings as a reworking of Deut 27:26–34:12