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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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The analyses presented in this monograph demonstrate that Samuel–Kings is a result of continuous, sequentially arranged, hypertextual, that is, highly creative reworking of Deuteronomy.

In contrast to my earlier work on this subject, which revealed the presence of forty-four sequentially organised correspondences between Samuel–Kings and Deuteronomy,1 this monograph shows that there are almost 2000 (!)2 sequentially arranged, hypertextual links between these two works.

On average, there is one correspondence per 1.5 verses of Samuel–Kings (which contains 3042 verses) and per 0.5 verse of Deuteronomy (which contains 955 verses).3 The corresponding elements usually have a similar size in both works (one clause, one sentence, etc.). However, at times a large portion of material in Samuel–Kings corresponds to a small element in Deuteronomy (1 Sam 8 illustrating Deut 2:10a; 1 Sam 11:1–12:2a illustrating Deut 2:11b; 1 Sam 13:17–14:23 illustrating Deut 2:14b; 1 Sam 15 illustrating Deut 2:16c; 1 Sam 22:8–24:23 illustrating Deut 5:17; 1 Sam 25 illustrating Deut 5:18; 2 Sam 13:1–14:24 illustrating Deut 11:3; 2 Sam 16:5–17:4 illustrating Deut 11:4c; 2 Sam 22–23 illustrating Deut 11:23b; 1 Kgs 6–7 illustrating Deut 16:12d; 2 Kgs 9 illustrating Deut 28:61a; etc.). Likewise, at times a small element in Samuel–Kings corresponds to a large portion of material in Deuteronomy (1 Kgs 16:34d illustrating Deut...

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