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The Early Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings: The Schocken Bible, Volume II (Schocken Bible)


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The story of ancient Israel, from the arrival in Canaan to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile some six centuries later, here is the highly anticipated second volume

in Everett Fox’s landmark translation of the Hebrew Bible.

The personalities who appear in the pages of The Early Prophets, and the political and moral dilemmas their stories illuminate, are part of the living consciousness of the Western world. From Joshua and the tumbling walls of Jericho to Samson and Delilah, the prophet Samuel and the tragic King Saul, David and Goliath, Bathsheba and Absalom, King Solomon’s temple, Elijah and the chariot of fire, Ahab and Jezebel—the stories of these men and women are deeply etched into Western culture because they beautifully encapsulate the human experience. The four books that comprise The Early Prophets look at tribal rivalries, dramatic changes in leadership, and the intrusions of neighboring empires through the prism of the divine-human relationship. Over the centuries, the faithful have read these narratives as demonstrations of the perils of disobeying God’s will, and time and again Jews in exile found that the stories spoke to their own situations of cultural assimilation, destruction, and the reformulation of identity. They have had an equally indelible impact on generations of Christians, who have seen in many of the narratives foreshadowings of the life and death of Jesus, as well as models for their own lives and the careers of their leaders.

But beyond its importance as a foundational religious document, The Early Prophets is a great work of literature, a powerful and distinctive narrative of the past that seeks meaning in the midst of national catastrophe. Accompanied by illuminating commentary, notes, and maps, Everett Fox’s masterly translation of the Hebrew original re-creates the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and wordplays that rhetorically underscore its meaning and are intrinsic to a timeless text meant to be both studied and read aloud.



About the Author

EVERETT FOX holds the Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies and is a professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Culture at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the translator of The Five Books of Moses: The Schocken Bible, Volume I, the author of studies on biblical narrative and its translation, and coeditor and cotranslator, with Lawrence Rosenwald, of Scripture and Translation, a collection of essays by Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig.

Table of Contents



Translator’s Preface ix

Acknowledgments xii

On Using This Book xvii

General Introduction xxi

An Approximate Biblical Chronology xxix


Map of the Twelve Tribes of Israel 2

Introduction 3

Part I. Preparations for Conquest (1–5) 13

Part II. Waging War (6–12) 33

Part III. Allotting the Land (13–22) 69

Part IV. Last Words (23–24) 113


Map of Israelite Settlement 126

Introduction 127

Part I. Opening the Bracket (1–3:6) 135

Part IIa. Early Leaders: Israel Delivered (3:7–8:32) 149

Part IIb. Later Leaders: Decline (8:33–16:13) 185

On the Shimshon Cycle 207

Part III. Closing the Bracket (17–21) 233

Appendix: The Sound and Structure of a Biblical Tale 261


Map of the Kingdoms of David and Shelomo 266

Introduction 267

Part I. The Last “Judges”: Eli and Shemuel (I 1–7) 279

Part II. The Requested King (I 8–15) 311 Part III. The Rise of David and the Fall of Sha’ul (I 16–II 1) 351

Part IV. David’s Rule Consolidated (II 2–8) 431

Part V. David in Control and Out of Control (II 9–12) 463

Part VI. The Great Rebellion (II 13–20) 481

Part VII. Final Matters (II 21–24) 527


Map of Israel and Judah 548

Jerusalem in the Times of David, Shelomo, and Hizkiyyahu 549

Map of the Assyrian Empire 550

Introduction 551

The Kings of Israel in the Book of Kings 559

Part I. Shelomo and His Kingdom (I 1–11) 561

On the Temple 563

Part II. The Split: Kings North and South (I 12–16:22) 631

Part III. Omrides and Prophets (I 16:23–II 13) 657

On Eliyyahu and Elisha (I Kings 17–II Kings 13) 659

Part IV. Southern and Northern Kings: Destruction I (II 14–17) 763

Part V. Judah as Vassal and Rebel: Destruction II (II 18–25) 785

On Three Kings of Judah 787

Recurring Names in The Early Prophets 829

Bibliography 835 

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Fox, Everett
Dr. Everett Fox
Fox, Everett
Fox, Everett Dr
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - Old Testament
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Hebrew Prophets;Kingdom of Judah;Ancient Israel;Canaan
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