Review of “Sit At My Right Hand” in RBL

Leslie C. Allen has reviewed my book for the Review of Biblical Literature.

The review is quite measured and thoughtful, as one would expect from a senior scholar. His conclusion is as follows:

The author has presented a plausible case for a historical background that fits Chronicles’ references and nonreferences to Benjamin, one that future scholarship will have to take into account. He has interacted comprehensively with relevant previous scholarship, especially that of Gary Knoppers and Ralph Klein, in addition to Jonker. His introduction of political theory into the discussion adds credibility. He is aware of the danger of overstating his case (9, 212) and admits the provisional and limited nature of archaeological evidence (85). He does not claim to establish another theological theme for Chronicles but sees connections between its themes and a rhetorical strategy concerning Benjamin (71–73) that is an application of its theology (230).

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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