By A. Graeme Auld
During this new addition to the previous testomony Library sequence, Graeme Auld writes, "This e-book is set David." the writer demonstrates how the entire different personalities in First and moment Samuel--including Samuel, for whom the books have been named--are current in order that we might even see and comprehend David better.These interesting tales element the lives of David, his predecessors, and their households. Auld explains that although we learn those books from commencing to finish, we have to remember the fact that they have been composed from finish to starting. by way of reconstructing what mus thave long gone prior to, the tale of David units up and explains the succeeding tale of monarchy in Israel.
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The long narrative in 1 Sam 15 about Saul’s failure to complete putting the Amalekites to the “ban” includes a further declaration by Samuel (one was already issued in 13:13–14) that Saul’s kingship is rejected; and this story of failure also compares unfavorably with the way David will deal with these ancestral foes (1 Sam 30; 2 Sam 1). And Saul’s second encounter with a band of prophets (1 Sam 19:18–24) not only directs our attention back to the first such encounter (10:10–13) and explores puzzles in that shorter scene; it also demonstrates the king’s same lack of power over Samuel that we will witness just before his end, even when he resorts to the black arts (1 Sam 28).
Possibly influenced by gt, many readers have sought to discount the masoretic pointing and read the w- of wtbkh as a simple copulative (v. 7; Frolov 61). But it may be preferable to read Hannah’s weeping and refusal to eat as the next stage in the long-interrupted (vv. 4b–7a) narrative after her husband’s sacrifice (4a). Three verbs that are key to this introduction also anticipate terms that play a distinctive role in BTH. This gives important early support to the view that Samuel (and Kings) do not simply adopt BTH as a principal source.
A more negative purpose may have been to emphasize David’s own role in Jerusalem by delaying details of his many supporters. indb 11 10/10/11 4:07 PM 12 Introduction When writing 1 Samuel, the authors were no less indebted to their source; but they related to it differently. Many storytellers or novelists explain how they start each tale with a situation, or with a couple of characters intersecting—and they let that situation or these characters develop and take them where they will. But 1 Samuel is essentially a prequel to the story of David as king: the authors do not start with a fresh beginning, but are working toward a given end.