David's Social Drama: A Hologram of Israel's Early Iron Age by James W. Flanagan

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Hocart had argued that social institutions such as kingship and New Year's festivals must always be considered as constituent wholes that correspond to a limited number of ideal types. Hocart rather than Frazer, Leach argues, was responsible for the cultural pattern concept Hooke found so appealing (Leach 1983a: 16). The assumption that ancient Israel conformed to the cultural pattern of ancient Babylon and Egypt and therefore shared common features with them enjoyed popular appeal. It quickly led scholars to interpolate pieces of history missing in one society from the extant records of another as if they were building up a mosaic or a composite photo from transparency overlays.

In fact, he proposes that anthropology's contribution to biblical studies is to show that "... no part of the Bible is a record of history as it actually happened. the whole of the Bible has the characteristics of mytho-history. The similarity [between the Bible and the mytho-history of contemporary societies] is a matter of structure and not of content" (1983a: 21). Moreover, in the Bible the state of things is justified by "'myth', that is to say tales about the past which had a sacred or religious quality (after the fashion of the Christian Bible), rather than by legislative enactments or precedents recorded in historical documents" (1982: 144).

Demise of David's History Overview of the Biblical David The Bible presents David in a panorama of scenes stretching from his youth to his old age. In the representation, he captures Jerusalem during life's middle years and sets about building the most expansive federation of alliances in ancient Israel's history. He pushes Jerusalem's influence to its zenith, pacifies the entire eastern end of the Mediterranean, and unites it under his sole political authority. Few before or since have achieved what David reportedly accomplished in a relatively short time.

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