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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.

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Chapter 2. Second Samuel as a sequential hypertextual reworking of Deut 8:1–13:6


The contents of the second book of Samuel sequentially, in a hypertextual way illustrate the contents of Deut 8:1–13:6.

The section 2 Sam 1 sequentially illustrates the main ideas of the corresponding section Deut 8.

The opening idea of (a) David, after the death of Saul, (b) returning from striking the Amalekites and then (c) dwelling in Ziklag (2 Sam 1:1) sequentially illustrates the opening Deuteronomic idea of (a) the Israelites living, (b) coming, and taking possession of (c) the promised land (Deut 8:1).

The subsequent, partly repeated (cf. 1 Sam 4:12–13)1 idea of (a) on the third day (b) an Israelite man coming (c) in clothes torn and dust on his head, (d) falling to the ground, prostrating himself, and confessing that he escaped from the camp of Israel (2 Sam 1:2–3) in a partly sequential way illustrates the subsequent Deuteronomic idea of (b) remembering all the way that Yahweh led the Israelites (a) these forty years (c) in the wilderness (d) to humble him (Deut 8:2a–c).

The subsequent, partly repeated (cf. 1 Sam 4:16–17)2 idea of Israel fleeing, many falling and dying, and Saul and Jonathan dying as well (2 Sam 1:4) illustrates the subsequent Deuteronomic idea of Yahweh putting Israel to the test (Deut 8:2d).

The subsequent idea of (a) David asking how the young man knows (ידע) that Saul and...

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