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Title: Knowing Kings: Knowlwdge, Power and Narcissism in the Hebrew Bible
Author: Lasine, Stuart
Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2001
Paperback; ISBN: 9781589830042
Volumes: 1; Pages: 342
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In Knowing Kings, biblical scholar and comparatist Stuart Lasine offers a unique study of kingship and biblical kings. Using methods derived from psychology, literary theory, and the social sciences, he demonstrates the crucial role played by information management in the maintenance and exercise of monarchical power, and explores the paradoxical nature of the king's position in the center of society. Lasine's interdisciplinary approach includes illuminating interpretations of the biblical Saul, David, and Solomon, as well as the kingly figures Adam and Job. Among the non-biblical monarchs discussed are Ramesses II, Esarhaddon, Homer's Achilles and Sophocles's King Oedipus. Lasine shows that the concept of narcissism provides a valuable tool for understanding the behavior of biblical kings, including the divine king and parent Yahweh. Knowing Kings, painstakingly researched and carefully documented, is frequently surprising as Lasine employs a variety of inventive styles to keep the discussion lively and to sustain the reader's interest.