1 Samuel : a literary reading by Peter D. Miscall

By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall bargains a studying of one Samuel that's strongly encouraged via New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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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.  The two approaches, "words" and "meanings," undermine each other and prevent each other from producing the true reading or interpretation of the text.  I will return to the question at a relevant point.  But the word of the Lord will no longer be rare after the call of Samuel.

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.

Samuel has a message but no commission.  The statement does not provide enough information to answer the question.  3:19–4:1a is qualified by the narrative, since Samuel is absent from it, even though the word of the Lord is a major issue.  One of the main interests of the following reading is "the word of the Lord" and its relation to inquiry, to seeking certitude on the who, the why, the how.

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