THL 217 A
Social Justice-Old Testament
Unit 3: The D-History As we continue this rigorous journey of understanding the Old Testament, we come to the Deuteronomic or Deuteronomistic History. The D-History, for short, is the section of the bible that focuses on the history of Israel entering the promise land until the exile and shows the exile was caused by the unfaithfulness towards what was laid out in the book of Deuteronomy (“Meta”). Unit Three focuses on five main parts: the land, conquest and settlement, the rise of kingship and the aftermath, the rule of David and Solomon, and the division of the monarchy.
The first major part of the D-History that we must come to understand is the Land of Canaan. The area was numerous “many micro kingdoms, each ruled by a king in a fortified capital city,” which later inspired the idea of a Canaanite fortress city system (“The Meta-Narrative of the Old Testament”). These fortress cities were set up to where a fenced-in fortress was at the top of a hill, in which housed the ruling class who control those who lived outside the walls, which was …show more content…
Solomon has a dream where the Lord asks him what is one thing he want and Solomon tells him Wisdom, and God is like good choice. This story though is used as an ironic commentary on how he doesn’t show that he truly has wisdom (“Solomon in All his Glory”). Solomon’s downfall is that he has a mentality of “I want…” which results in “selfish, ambitious egotistic king who violates the terms of the covenant” (“Solomon in All his Glory”). He ends up building the temple for God without a divine “go-ahead” which pretty much dooms his rule (“Idea of the Temple”). In the end the temple plays a huge role in bringing about the destruction of the nation and the Babylonian exile (“Solomon in All his