By Marti J. Steussy

ISBN-10: 1570039240

ISBN-13: 9781570039249

Samuel and His God explores the connection between a prophet, his deity, and their humans in I Samuel. Marti J. Steussy illumines the vexing components principal to this multifaceted narrative and probes the questions it increases, rather with reference to the authoritative voice of Samuel, of God as portrayed during this account, of the narrator or narrators, and of the Bible itself. during this experience, Samuel turns into a case learn in how the Bible's authors use tales to argue for who may perhaps converse for God.
Samuel hears the Lord's calling as a boy, turns into a servant to the priest Eli, and later turns into Eli's successor. As a pace-setter of the folks of Israel and a conduit for God's message, Samuel is a determine of monstrous authority, finally anointing the 1st kings of Israel, Saul and David, and hence precipitating the transformation of Israel from a suite of tribes right into a kingdom less than a monarchy. yet in biblical and ancient portrayals of Samuel's interactions together with his God, their humans, and those early kings, the narratives introduce major discontinuities and disruptions, so much famously with appreciate to the query of even if kingship got here to Israel as a sinful human initiative or as a divine gift.
Steussy takes up the problem of aiding readers grapple with the chance multitude of storytellers representing disparate agendas can be accountable for features of Samuel's story, and this makes mapping the cumulative tale a problematical yet revealing job. Samuel's tale is extra advanced by means of our embedded notions approximately prophets, God, and the character of the Bible itself. the connection among Samuel and God is usually contentious, and the God of Samuel is a pre-Axial deity who doesn't inevitably act in keeping with our ordinary assumptions in regards to the "biblical God." Samuel is gifted as an irascible and impressive personality whose personal stakes in his neighborhood every now and then govern how he translates and represents his dating to his God. Steussy's shut readings negotiate the plethora of viewpoints to be chanced on here--those of the narrator(s), the characters, and different students of Samuel's story--to supply us a finished and richly nuanced portrait of 1 of the extra complicated personalities of the outdated testomony.

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13 In some stories Israelite tribes fight each other, as in Gilead’s war with Ephraim (Jdg 12:1–6) and the attacks on Benjamin in Judges 20. ” The book’s guiding program appears in Judges 2:18–19: “Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord would be moved to pity by their groaning because of those who persecuted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, they would relapse and behave worse than their ancestors, following other gods, worshiping them and bowing down to them.

2 K 23:2–3) What more could even Samuel have asked for? Following the covenant making just described, the reformer king Josiah destroys all idolatrous worship materials and places, and he orders a Passover celebration “as prescribed in this book of the covenant,” such as had not “been kept since all the days of the judges who judged Israel” (2 K 23:21–22). Of Josiah it is said in the history, “Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him” (2 K 23:25; compare Dt 6:5).

Ahimelech in 1 Samuel 19 tends a shrine, judging from his mention of “bread of the Presence” in 19:6. Zadok and Abiathar are said to carry the ark (a cultic activity later reserved for Levites) The Many Roles of Samuel 29 in 2 Samuel 15:29. These activities link the priests with particular sacred places: Eli and his sons serve at the temple at Shiloh, Ahimelech’s generation moves its base to Nob, and Abiathar and Zadok end up with the ark in Jerusalem. Eli’s pronouncements to Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:17 (“go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him”) and Elkanah in 2:20 (“may the Lord repay you with children by this woman”) probably qualify as blessings.

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