1 Samuel : a literary reading by Peter D. Miscall PDF

By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall bargains a interpreting of one Samuel that's strongly motivated via New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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Joshua has no successor as sole leader.  18:31).  20:18–28).  The issue is undecidable, because both responses— associated and not associated—are possible.  20:2).  20:28).  18:5–6).  20:27, but they will keep an oath they have made regardless of its disastrous consequences.  Yet, surprisingly, it works; Benjamin is saved.  3:30), forty years (Judg.  There is civil war and the near extinction of a tribe, but the people and the tribe survive. " The fact serves to explain why Israel is so often sold into the hands of her enemies.

Yet the play leads forward again, since inquiry of the Lord, and asking something of the Lord, are significant acts in the coming narrative and involve Samuel and Saul. Inquiry is one mode of seeking the word of the Lord. " But "establish" (qum) and "the word of the Lord," separate or together, play significant roles in 1 Samuel and are put into play by Elkanah's enigmatic wish.  15:11–13).  Elkanah's wish is pregnant, since its range of meaning and effect extends far beyond its context.  I note a few in this section and indicate others at relevant points in the reading of 1 Samuel.

He ate and his spirit revived for he had not eaten food or drunk water for three days and three nights" (1 Sam.  2:36).  22:3).  Will this statement of retributive justice hold, or will the perverse justice, the mercy, of Judges prevail?  The Song as a whole is a lure; it offers much but produces little.  Samuel ministers "in the presence of Eli the priest," who moves to the side and does not mediate the relation between Samuel and the Lord.  Ignorance is characterized as not knowing and as disregarding the Lord and his word.

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