Music and Dance in 2 Samuel 6
Wright, David P., Journal of Biblical Literature
2 Samuel 6 tells the story of King David's transfer of the ark to Jerusalem. According to this tale, the transport was to have been completed in a single movement. A flaw in the ceremony's performance, however, forces the division of the ceremony into two stages.1 Uzzah, who helps guide the transport of the ark, commits sacrilege by seizing it to prevent it from falling off the cart on which it was carried. The disapproving deity strikes the wrongdoer dead, thus halting the ceremony. Only after several months, during which the god's ability to bless becomes again evident, is the transport resumed and the ark brought to the city.
The last stage of the ceremony is not a simple …
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Publication information: Article title: Music and Dance in 2 Samuel 6. Contributors: Wright, David P. - Author. Journal title: Journal of Biblical Literature. Volume: 121. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 2002. Page number: 201+. © Society of Biblical Literature Winter 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.