Saul, Doeg, Nabal, and the "Son of Jesse": Readings in 1 by Joseph Lozovyy
By Joseph Lozovyy
This paintings examines a number of the tales in 1 Sam. 16—25 with the actual concentration put on Saul, Doeg, Nabal and the "son of Jesse." It seeks to find new that means within the constitution in addition to within the characters' features within the narratives via learning the tales synchronically and diachronically.
One of the mysterious characters in 1 Samuel that has questioned many a pupil is Nabal the Calebite. This learn scrutinizes the weather of his characterization in 1 Sam. 25 and considers his abuses of the "son of Jesse", the contextual function of the geographic environment and political atmosphere in the course of King Saul's reign. equally, this quantity reports the functionality of the nature of Doeg the Edomite in 1 Sam. 21 and 22 regarding his Edomite starting place, his specific enterprise in Nob and his professional prestige in Saul's court docket.
The word the "son of Jesse" is sort of vital in 1 Samuel and serves a specific objective within the thematic improvement within the moment half the book. Viewed opposed to the historical past of the Saul/David dating, it underscores the prevalence of the Davidic individual in advancing the divine plan for the country of
The decision of the book's old context is the foremost to realizing the multilayered messages. the jobs of background and beliefs in making those tales also are thought of with the notion that the making of the book(s) of Samuel after the Exile (5th c. B.C.) could have been instigated through the writer's wish to create the context wanted for additional improvement of the messianic ideas.
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81. G ronbick writes. ” D ie Hauptpersonen in Kap. 25 sind nicht S aul u n d D avid , sondern A b ig a il. D avids zuk ün ftig e Frau, u n d D avid . U n d der Akzent liegt g anz entschieden a u fd e r ersteren. die durch ihre K lu g h e it (V . 3b. 33)— und unbezw eifelbare Schönheit (V . 3b» D avids G unst gew innt” (G ronbæ k. D ie Geschichte vom Aufstieg Davids . 170). V e ijo la says that "N ic h t wegen ihrer S chönheit, d ie in der Exposition ausdrücklich hervorgehoben ist. w ird A big ail D avids Frau, sondern dank ihrer from m en G esinnung un d prophetischen B e gab un g " (V e ijo la .
D ie Geschichte vom Aufstieg Davids . 170). V e ijo la says that "N ic h t wegen ihrer S chönheit, d ie in der Exposition ausdrücklich hervorgehoben ist. w ird A big ail D avids Frau, sondern dank ihrer from m en G esinnung un d prophetischen B e gab un g " (V e ijo la . D ie ewige Dynastie. 5 1). 82. Bergen, /. 2 Sam uel, 249. 83. Eugene 11. Peterson. First an d Second Sam uel ( W estm inster Bible C om p anion; Louisville: Westminster Jo h n K n o x , 1999), 120. 84. Ibid .. 120. Saul, Doeg. Nairn!
F okkelm an, The Crossing hates, 355. 170. Ibid. I. 4. The MT. LXX. xx has always presented a signi ficant challenge in studying the book(s) o fS am u e l and made the reconstruction o f the near original text notoriously difficult. The discovery o f some fragments o fS am u e l scrolls in the Iasi century in Q um ran introduced a third major player. This situation, while in many ways eased the reconstruction process o f the text, complicated it in other ways. The lack o f agreement am ong these versions creates a burden on decision-making, to say the least.