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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 3. First Kings as a sequential hypertextual reworking of Deut 13:7–27:25


The contents of the first book of Kings sequentially, in a hypertextual way illustrate the contents of Deut 13:7–27:25.

The section 1 Kgs 1–2 sequentially illustrates the main ideas of the corresponding section Deut 13:7–14:2c.

The opening idea of a very beautiful young virgin standing before the king and sexually exciting David,1 lying in his bosom (*חיקך: 1 Kgs 1:1–4; esp. 1:2), conceptually and linguistically illustrates the opening Deuteronomic idea of someone enticing the Israelite, for example a woman of his bosom (Deut 13:7a).

The subsequent idea of (a) the king’s son exalting himself, (b) presumably secretly saying (לאמר) that (c) he will be king, making other people serve him (1 Kgs 1:5), conceptually and linguistically, in a sequential way illustrates the subsequent Deuteronomic idea of (a) the Israelite’s friend who is as his own soul (b) secretly saying that (c) the Israelites should serve other gods (Deut 13:7b–e).

The subsequent idea of (a) Adonijah not (לא) (b) being rebuked by (c) his father (אב: 1 Kgs 1:6a) conceptually and linguistically, in a sequential way illustrates the subsequent Deuteronomic idea of (a) the Israelite not (b) knowing, he and (c) his fathers (Deut 13:7f–8; esp. 13:7f).

The subsequent idea of (a) the king not expressing disapproval2 because (b) Adonijah (b) was very attractive in (c) appearance (1 Kgs 1:6b–d)3 sequentially, ←113 | 114...

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