The book presents a plethora of perspectives on the phenomenon of kingship and state in the Bible and in history. Considered here are most important parts of Old Testament literature, i.e. Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic history, Prophecy and Wisdom. Accordingly, the time span dealt with is quite broad, ranging from the pre-Monarchic era up until Hellenism. In addition some conributions reaching in their scope far beyond the boundary of the Old Testament are present, engaging thoroughly the archaeology of the "Holy Land" as well as the Ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic context of the Old Testament. The Septuagint and the New Testament, repeatedly consulted in this volume turn the attention to the questions of the history of reception. The volume is based on an international symposium held in April 2014 in Prague.
Manfred Oeming is Professor of Old Testament Theology at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany. He is the director of the Lautenschläger Azekah expedition in Israel.
Petr Sláma teaches the Old Testament at the Protestant Faculty of Theology of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.