The Persuasive Portrayal of David and Solomon in Chronicles

A Rhetorical Analysis of the Speeches and Prayers in the David-Solomon Narrative

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Suk-il Ahn
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , February
     334 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This study examines the speeches and prayers in the David-Solomon narrative in Chronicles and seeks to demonstrate that the Chronicler’s portrayal of David and Solomon attempts to establish the Yehudite community’s identity. Is the covenantal relationship still valid in the Persian period? The author asserts that as a commitment to YHWH involving the worship of YHWH through the Jerusalem temple, the covenantal relationship between YHWH and Israel continues even into the Persian period. This study employs Kennedy’s rhetorical method with the new categories of the narrative situation and the Chronicler’s situation being used to further delineate his concept of the narrative situation. The Chronicler’s portrayal of David and Solomon through speeches and prayers serves to persuade his audience of the significance of the Jerusalem temple, reformulating the Yehudite community identity as a cultic community in the Persian period.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Suk-il Ahn is Lecturer at Westminster Graduate School of Theology in South Korea. He is the author of “Luther’s and Calvin’s Understanding of Isaiah 53” in Reformation Faith: Exegesis and Theology in the Protestant Reformation (2014).


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