This narrative critical study offers a bold and comprehensive analysis of the relationship between David and Saul's heirs. Tushima inquires into whether Saulides' tragedies were due to continuing divine retribution, pure happenstance, or David orchestration. Focusing on the story of David and its interconnections with the fate of the Saulides, and employing the criterion of justice, the author presents the other side of King David, who is generally depicted as hero. Tushima argues that David was, most often, unjust and calculating in his dealings with the vanquished house of Saule. Thematic and motific threads arising from this study are considered within their contexts in Israel's traditions for their biblical-theological and redemptive-historical import.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 24 mm
"Dr Tushima presents a bold, comprehensive, and penetrating study of the other side of King David who is usually depicted as hero by biblical writers and scholars. The author argues that David orchestrated with ruthless details in undermining and effecting the eventual demise of Saul's dynasty. In my opinion, this book is a must read for all Bible teachers and students."
Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, South African Theological Seminary
"...a valuable addition to research on the books of Samuel and the person of David [...] It would be a beneficial resource for the advanced student or scholar interested in David, the books of Samuel, or the use of narrative criticism within Old Testament studies."
Daniel S. Diffey, in Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, Vol 2.1
"This published dissertation aims to fill a void in Samuel studies, providing a systematic overview of the fate of Saul's house during David's reign. [...] Tushima's work is a thought-provoking contribution to academic discussions, even for readers who may disagree with his conclusions."
Greg Church, Westminster Seminary California, in Theological Book Review , Vol 25, No 1
"[...] the work is well written with very clear summaries and introductions to each section [...] This is a substantial contribution to studies on David and the narratives of 1-2 Samuel."
Benjamin J. M. Johnson, Reviews in Religion & Theology, vol 22, issues 1, January 2015
"Cephas Tushima argues against the long-standing tradition that David was a hero, and shows how instead he acted unjustly and villainously against the house of Saul, whose power he usurped. The Fate of Saul's Progeny in the Reign of David is a revised copy of his Ph.D.thesis."
Church Times, December 2014
"This inspiring and well executed work is with no doubt an important contribution to the discussion of the picture of David."-W.Z. ,Zeitschrift fuer die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Band 215 Heft 3, 2013