The feature article in the May issue of the SBL Forum is an article by Robin Gallaher Branch titled “A Case for Domestic Abuse in 1 Kings 14? A Look at the Marriage of Jeroboam I.”
Below is the introduction of the article:
The Bible introduces the wife of Jeroboam within the context of the account of Jeroboam, the first king of Israel in the Divided Kingdom (1 Kgs 11:26-14:20). Jeroboam reigned for twenty-two years, 930-909 B.C.E.Although hers is but a cameo appearance on the biblical stage, it receives considerable textual space (1 Kgs14:1-18). A family crisis introduces her. Jeroboam’s son Abijah (presumably by this woman) is sick and near death. Jeroboam commands his wife to go-disguised-to the prophet Ahijah to discover the lad’s fate. Obedient, she goes. In addition to learning Abijah will die, she receives a startling prophetic word of household and national devastations. Acting as a conduit between king and prophet, she remains unnamed, silent, mysterious.
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Northern Baptist Seminary
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