By Joseph Lozovyy

This paintings examines a number of the tales in 1 Sam. 16—25 with the actual concentration put on Saul, Doeg, Nabal and the "son of Jesse." It seeks to find new which means within the constitution in addition to within the characters' services within the narratives via learning the tales synchronically and diachronically. 

One of the mysterious characters in I Samuel that has wondered many a pupil is Nabal the Calebite. This learn scrutinizes the weather of his characterization in 1 Sam. 25 and considers his abuses of the "son of Jesse", the contextual position of the geographic atmosphere and political setting in the course of King Saul's reign. equally, this quantity reviews the functionality of the nature of Doeg the Edomite in 1 Sam. 21 and 22 regarding his Edomite beginning, his specific enterprise in Nob and his reliable prestige in Saul's courtroom.

The word the "son of Jesse" is sort of vital in I Samuel and serves a specific function within the thematic improvement within the moment half the book. Viewed opposed to the historical past of the Saul/David courting, it underscores the prevalence of the Davidic individual in advancing the divine plan for the kingdom of Israel. 

The selection of the book's ancient context is the major to figuring out the multilayered messages. the jobs of historical past and beliefs in making those tales also are thought of with the concept that the making of the book(s) of Samuel after the Exile (5th c. B.C.) could have been instigated via the writer's wish to create the context wanted for additional improvement of the messianic ideas.


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S m ith . Sam uel. 206. I. I Samuel 16-25 and Recent Scholarship 25 without facing conséquences. " Robinson thinks that 22:20-23 was not a part o f the original story either, as v. ,' n6 However, Hertzberg noted earlier that in v. "117 These discussions highlight difficulties in studying the N ob episode without necessarily offering a clear solution. There are some gaps in the text, no doubt, but then there is a debate: Are these gaps incidental or arc they there by design? It seems to this writer that the m a in trouble is not so m uch w ith fillin g the gaps, but with identifying the real ones!

Pss 5:2; 20:9; 24:7-10; 29:10; 68:24; 145:1 ). 1 145. F okkelm an. The Crossing Fates, 355. 146. P o lzin. Sam uel an d Deuteronom ist, 194-95. 147. Ibid .. 195. 148. Ibid. 149. Ib id . (em phasis added). 150. P o l/in , however, does not consider the im plicatio ns o f his view on the interpretation o f S a u l’s words o f accusation in 2 2 :17b: " . because they knew that lie was llecing and did not reveal it to m e " (ef. 22:8 w ith 20:16). 151. Bergen. I. 2 Sam uel, 221 (em phasis added). Saul, Doeg.

LXX un kn o w n : 7. See Edward M . C o ok, " I Sam uel X X 2 6 - X X I 5 A ccord ing to 4 Q S a m V * VT 44 (19 94): 451-52. 180. D J D . 4QSamue/, 248. See also U lrich . "B ib lic a l Text " 85. I. ” 11(2 O ut o f four passages extant in I Q S am , only one fragment is o f special interest to this work: 1 S am 18:17-18. E. 183 The reading preserved here is very fragmen­ tary; it contains only three words in tw o lines, w hich were reconstructed as follows: r r io n 'æ c r i^ m 1*η»Εΐ v. 17 v.

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