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By Marti J. Steussy

In David, Marti J. Steussy offers a serious exam of the guy who gets extra recognition from the outdated Testament's writers than the other human personality. This quantity, written for the nonspecialist, explores the Hebrew Bible's 3 significant photographs of David - present in 1 and a couple of Samuel, I Chronicles, and Psalms - and what every one implies concerning the relation among divine and worldly energy.

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The surprise is that God tolerates Samuel so patiently.  They conclude that it is all right to have a human prince, but only God may be king. 17 If it points specifically to the designation of a king, whether or not he has actually been installed in office, then speaking of a divinely approved nagid ("prince") does not mean that God opposes the office of melek ("king").  He tells Saul, "do whatever you see fit to do, for God is with you" (1 S 10:7), but still expects Saul to take orders from him (10:8).

Perhaps Hannah/Israel should be more careful what she prays for.  shall go in and out before my anointed one forever" (2:35).  Now we hear of a faithful priesthood serving under the messiah.  We will find that we cannot simply equate Samuel's opinions with God's.  Perhaps Samuel does not even believe Eli's identification, for he answers the next call with a simple "speak," rather than "speak, LORD," as Eli had instructed (3:9–10). 3 We should also notice that ne'eman is Israel's opinion of Samuel, not necessarily the narrator's, although the report that "the LORD was with him" seems to support Israel's opinion.

The bibliography cites many additional scholars who have contributed to my understanding. 30 When exact details of Hebrew wording are not at issue, I will simply quote the NRSV translation.  In its place we need a thoughtful examination of tone: just how do the narrators feel about these deaths?  Postmodern approaches, which see disunity as a normal condition, are well suited to exploring the dynamics of such multivoiced writing.  Intertextual echoes will be of importance to us in several arenas: links between Samuel and other portions of the primary history (Genesis­2 Kings), citations shared by Chronicles and the primary history, references in Psalms to other portions of the Bible and, finally, psalmic use of material from the more general sphere of ancient Near Eastern religion and royal ritual.

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