David's Jerusalem: Between Memory and History

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Routledge, Feb 11, 2015 - Religion - 304 pages

The history of David’s Jerusalem remains one of the most contentious topics of the ancient world. This study engages with debates about the nature of this location by examining the most recent archaeological data from the site and by exploring the relationship of these remains to claims made about David’s royal center in biblical narrative. Daniel Pioske provides a detailed reconstruction of the landscape and lifeways of early 10th century BCE Jerusalem, connected in biblical tradition to the figure of David. He further explores how late Iron Age (the Book of Samuel-Kings) and late Persian/early Hellenistic (the Book of Chronicles) Hebrew literary cultures remembered David’s Jerusalem within their texts, and how the remains and ruins of this site influenced the memories of those later inhabitants who depicted David’s Jerusalem within the biblical narrative. By drawing on both archaeological data and biblical writings, Pioske calls attention to the breaks and ruptures between a remembered past and a historical one, and invites the reader to understand David’s Jerusalem as more than a physical location, but also as a place of memory.


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Place Memory and the History of Davids Jerusalem
Retracing theTraces of an Ancient Past
Commemorating a Davidic Past
The Redress of the Past
The Early 10th Century BCE Part I An Agrarian Community
The Early 10th Century BCE Part II Stronghold and Ideological Apparatus
6 Conclusion

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Daniel D. Pioske is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, his research has centered on the Iron Age history of the southern Levant and those literary cultures who first began to formulate and compose the biblical narrative.

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