By Peter D. Miscall
In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall bargains a interpreting of one Samuel that's strongly inspired by way of New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.
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The association of sha'al with Saul, sha'ul, is patent (see page 1). 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.
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. 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.
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. The absence of a king may account for the lawlessness in the land, but it does not address the issue of why the lawlessness can achieve its goals.