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By Robert P. Gordon

A accomplished advent to the severe concerns raised by way of scholarship on either books of Samuel. the usually elaborate difficulties are handled sincerely and engagingly; the chapters take care of the Deuteronomistic heritage, the Shiloh culture, the Ark narrat

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Theme The background to the Israelites' double discomfiture at Ebenezer is the struggle for Lebensraum which was waged between the Israelites and the Philistines in the early Iron Age, and which erupted in episodic fits until David's comprehensive victories in the Rephaim valley (2 Sam. 5:17-25). In the same general period when the Israelites were pressing their territorial claims in Canaan, the Philistines, recent arrivals from the Mediterranean area, were establishing their hold on the coastal belt to the west of the Shephelah lowlands.

28). , where Saul's rejection is subsumed under the rejection of his house. Then we are informed that Samuel never again saw Saul (v. 35), which as a statement of fact is challenged by 1 Samuel 19:24, but is apparently the narrator's way of emphasizing the irreconcilability of prophet and king. Saul, cast aside by the 54 1 & 2 Samuel prophet of Yahweh, can no longer claim to rule under divine auspices: his reign is as good as finished. This point is reinforced in the statement that Samuel 'mourned' (RSV 'grieved') for Saul, since the verb in question ('dbal) normally occurs in connection with mourning for the dead.

28). , where Saul's rejection is subsumed under the rejection of his house. Then we are informed that Samuel never again saw Saul (v. 35), which as a statement of fact is challenged by 1 Samuel 19:24, but is apparently the narrator's way of emphasizing the irreconcilability of prophet and king. Saul, cast aside by the 54 1 & 2 Samuel prophet of Yahweh, can no longer claim to rule under divine auspices: his reign is as good as finished. This point is reinforced in the statement that Samuel 'mourned' (RSV 'grieved') for Saul, since the verb in question ('dbal) normally occurs in connection with mourning for the dead.

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