Transformations in Meaning: Solomon’s Accession in Chronicles

Christine Mitchell


This paper is in part a response to John Van Seters’
“Creative imitation in the Hebrew Bible” (SR 29 [2000]: 395-409). In this paper,
I discuss the development of a model of intertextuality sensitive to the context
of the texts. Then I turn to a discussion of the accession of Solomon in 1
Chron. 28-2 Chron. 1; I show that Solomon’s accession is a transformation of the
selection of Saul in 1 Sam. 9-11. I conclude that Chronicles goes beyond
“plagiarism” in its relationship with Samuel-Kings, and that the Chronicler was
a sophisticated literary artist working in a literate tradition.

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