This book investigates the composition of the book of Kings and its implications for the Deuteronomistic History (
DH) of which it is a part.
McKenzie analyses Kings on the basis of Noth's model of a single author/editor behind the original
DH. He contends that the Deuteronomist (
Dtr) wrote the series of oracles against the Northern royal houses without utilizing a prior, running prophetic document that some scholars have posited behind Samuel and Kings. He regards many other prophetic stories in Kings, including most of the Elijah and Elisha legends as later additions to the
DH, in accord with Noth's recognition that the original
DH was frequently supplemented by various writers. McKenzie illustrates
Dtr's compositional techniques in a treatment of the accounts of Hezekiah and Josiah in Kings. He tentatively dates
Dtr to Josiah's reign but believes that tensions among the many later additions to the work, including the report from Josiah's death on, suggest that they are not the result of systematic editing (e.g.,
The book offers the most up-to-date survey of research on the
DH and the most recent detailed analysis of the lengthy variant version of Jeroboam's reign in LXXB at 1 Kings 12:24a-z. It offers a fresh perspective on the original shape of the
DH based on recent scholarship and the author's own critical investigation.
Steven L. McKenzie, Th.D (1983), Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Old Testament, Rhodes College. His publications include
The Chronicler's use of the Deuteronomistic History (1985);
Ramesses II and the Bible (1987), and many articles.
It is a valuable work...'
Leslie J. Hoppe,
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1994.
...his work is to be welcomed as one which must be taken into account in any future study of the subject.'
...McKenzie's work is a valuable aid to the study of the Deuteronomistic History.'
Religious Studies Review, 1996.
(post)graduates and scholars of the Old Testament and all those interested in the Ancient Near East.