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The Resource The beginning of politics : power in the biblical Book of Samuel, Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes

The beginning of politics : power in the biblical Book of Samuel, Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes

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The beginning of politics : power in the biblical Book of Samuel
Title
The beginning of politics
Title remainder
power in the biblical Book of Samuel
Statement of responsibility
Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes
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Language
eng
Summary
The Book of Samuel is universally acknowledged as one of the supreme achievements of biblical literature. Yet the book's anonymous author was more than an inspired storyteller. The author was also an uncannily astute observer of political life and the moral compromises and contradictions that the struggle for power inevitably entails. The Beginning of Politics mines the story of Israel's first two kings to unearth a natural history of power, providing a forceful new reading of what is arguably the first and greatest work of Western political thought. Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes show how the beautifully crafted narratives of Saul and David cut to the core of politics, exploring themes that resonate wherever political power is at stake. Through stories such as Saul's madness, David's murder of Uriah, the rape of Tamar, and the rebellion of Absalom, the book's author deepens our understanding not only of the necessity of sovereign rule but also of its costs--to the people it is intended to protect and to those who wield it. What emerges from the meticulous analysis of these narratives includes such themes as the corrosive grip of power on those who hold and compete for power; the ways in which political violence unleashed by the sovereign on his own subjects is rooted in the paranoia of the isolated ruler and the deniability fostered by hierarchical action through proxies; and the intensity with which the tragic conflict between political loyalty and family loyalty explodes when the ruler's bloodline is made into the guarantor of the all-important continuity of sovereign power
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Halbertal, Moshe
Dewey number
222/.406
Index
index present
LC call number
BS1325.6.P6
LC item number
H35 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1948-
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Holmes, Stephen
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  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Politics in the Bible
  • Politics in the Bible
  • Power (Social sciences)
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The beginning of politics : power in the biblical Book of Samuel, Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The grip of power -- Faces of political violence -- Dynasty and rupture -- David's will and last words
Control code
ocn963914458
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
211 pages
Isbn
9780691174624
Lccn
2016050190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027101542
System control number
(OCoLC)963914458
Label
The beginning of politics : power in the biblical Book of Samuel, Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The grip of power -- Faces of political violence -- Dynasty and rupture -- David's will and last words
Control code
ocn963914458
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
211 pages
Isbn
9780691174624
Lccn
2016050190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027101542
System control number
(OCoLC)963914458

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