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By Peter D. Miscall

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

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It is no good report [shemu`ah] I hear [shome`a] the people of the Lord spreading abroad.  (Dis)obedience is introduced.  The themes are dispersed through the text, and tracing them is part of the task facing the present reading of 1 Samuel. Eli concludes his rebuke of his sons, If a man sins against a man God will mediate [pillo] for him, but if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede [yithpallel] for him?  What are we to make of such a weighty theological pronouncement?  3:13).  The rest of the OT does not witness such a sharp distinction between sins against humans and sins against the Lord, particularly if the distinction means that the latter cannot be atoned for in ways similar to the former.

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.  Samuel ministers "in the presence of Eli the priest," who moves to the side and does not mediate the relation between Samuel and the Lord.  Ignorance is characterized as not knowing and as disregarding the Lord and his word.

Elkanah's wish is pregnant, since its range of meaning and effect extends far beyond its context.  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?

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