1 Samuel : a literary reading by Peter D. Miscall

By Peter D. Miscall

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

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Retributive justice takes priority and cancels a divine election and promise; justice prevails over grace.  For future reference, I note the Hebrew roots kabed, to honor and be heavy, and qalal, to be light and treat lightly.  The speech, including the promise in v.  The effect of the judgment on Ichabod, Ahijah, and their families is not stated, but we can assume that their insignificance for the continuing story is a sign that the judgment has befallen them; the judgment perhaps has expanded to the complete disappearance of the family.

I note a few in this section and indicate others at relevant points in the reading of 1 Samuel.  She also knows of a king who is considered the Lord's anointed.  The verse, nevertheless, does introduce the ubiquitous theme of war and the military.  "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.

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.  The two approaches, "words" and "meanings," undermine each other and prevent each other from producing the true reading or interpretation of the text.

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