September 2001
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament;Sep2001, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p43
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
At several pivotal moments in David’s life Nathan the prophet appears in the king’s presence (invited or otherwise). This article examines three episodes where Nathan and David interact: 2 Samuel 7, 2 Samuel 12 and 1 Kings 1. An analysis of Nathan’s conduct indicates that he possesses both a political resourcefulness and a literary creativity. The suggestion is made that all three of the ‘Nathan narratives’ are intricately linked, and when they are read together, a coherent portrait of the prophet emerges. The conclusion is that Nathan is a complex character who is incrementally developed between the ‘dynastic oracle’ in 2 Samuel 7 and the accession of Solomon in 1 Kings 1.


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