By Keith Bodner

ISBN-10: 1906055106

ISBN-13: 9781906055103

ISBN-10: 1906055882

ISBN-13: 9781906055882

This big observation provides 1 Samuel as a worldly paintings of literature, the place the reader is challenged with a story that's fraught with interpretative probabilities. In his special literary examining Bodner lays specific emphasis at the exciting array of characters that populate the narrative, and at the plot, in its layout and its configurations. hence, a bunch of fascinating episodes and personalities are handed in assessment: from the symbolically charged closed womb of Hannah to the backwards fall and the damaged neck of Eli, to the unusual travel of the Ark of God throughout the menacing Philistine pentapolis, wreaking havoc. Then there's the advanced portrayal of Samuel the prophet, the emergence of the fugitive David as a pacesetter, and the eventual decline, insanity, and necromancy of King Saul. in basic terms via a literary learn of its many ironies and ambiguities, Bodner amply indicates, can the richness of this vintage royal drama be totally preferred.

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19-21 1 Samuel 3 concludes in a tidy fashion. As Fokkelman observes, Samuel himself makes the transition from U>Q (‘lad’) to D\ELQ (‘prophet’), and the word of LORD—rare at the beginning of the chapter—becomes spacious by the end. In terms of this new prophet, it is possible to argue that Samuel is one of the most extensively narrated characters in the Hebrew Bible, since we meet him before he is born and experience his presence beyond the grave. In the story so far we have seen the birth of the prophet; now we have the birth of a new era in the prophetic movement.

The oracle of the itinerant man of God here in 1 Samuel 2 serves as a powerful reminder of prophetic accountability in leadership, and such a theme will recur in numerous ways in the story in the days ahead. Not only does this speech introduce the theme of ‘the prophetic word and its fulfillment’ as articulated by Gerhard von Rad, but this is also a kind of preview of how prophets will confront kings in the Deuteronomistic History. It is surely not coincidental that more often than not the prophet will bring a message that pertains to the toppling of a dynastic house.

The power of God, which can make the barren woman rejoice in a child, can also transform threatened tribal Israel into a kingdom’. The image of the horn, then, unites the poem and serves to symbolize both the story of Hannah and, though more obliquely, the larger story of Israel as a nation. The reader is further invited to discern these interwoven stories as the poem continues. 2-5 The references in the poem to food and barrenness serve to re-accentuate Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel 1. Yet some of these images also lend themselves to the multiple stories in the poem.

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