1 Samuel : a literary reading by Peter D. Miscall

Old Testament

By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall bargains a analyzing of one Samuel that's strongly stimulated by way of New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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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.

Yet Samuel does not have a "sure house," and he certainly does not "go in and out" before either Saul or David.  Most problematic and a central concern of the reading is whether David does or does not act according to what is in the Lord's heart and mind.  12:6–15; 1 Kings 2:27 will be noted in the discussion. To summarize, the judgment speech again reminds us of the lack of an overview for 1 Samuel, yet by now we can detect a type of overview in chapters 1 and 2.  A corollary of the interest in the word of the Lord is the theme of inquiry, asking, and seeking.

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.  Matters in 1 Samuel have so far progressed according to the "proper order" to the extent that the good, Hannah and Elkanah, are rewarded; we can therefore expect that the wicked will perish in darkness.  Samuel's link with priesthood is strengthened and a divinatory function is intimated, but there are serious qualifications.

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