In this study, Dr. Staats explores the literary dynamics of the David/Bathsheba story and its sequel, the Ammon/Absalom account. Dr. Staats examines the use of the Leitwort motif, specific Hebrew terms and phrases, irony and repetition, character development, ambiguity, crescendo, pathos, and other literary techniques used in the narrative of 2 Samuel 9-14. This study will lead to the identification of certain didactic conclusions, as well as moral and ethical themes which the biblical writer desired to communicate to his audience.
About the Author
Dr. Gary Staats is the Gale and Harriette Ritz professor of Old Testament at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degreee in Bible at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963; his ThM in New Testament Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967; his ThD in Biblical Studies from DTS in 1971; and his Master of Arts in Hebrew and Ancient Near Eastern languages at Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1983. He completed his PhD in Hebrew and Near Eastern Languages at New York University in 1989. Dr. Staats has been a professor and pastor for many years, serving at various schools and in numerous pastorates.