By Peter D. Miscall
In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall deals a interpreting of one Samuel that's strongly motivated by means of New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.
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Ignorance is characterized as not knowing and as disregarding the Lord and his word. Matters in 1 Samuel have so far progressed according to the "proper order" to the extent that the good, Hannah and Elkanah, are rewarded; we can therefore expect that the wicked will perish in darkness. Samuel's link with priesthood is strengthened and a divinatory function is intimated, but there are serious qualifications. 23:6–12, the ephod connotes priestly and divinatory functions; through the ephod, the word of the Lord is given thematic prominence.
All Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. , "makes himself appear or be seen"; the emphasis, however, is on the word(s), not on a visionary experience. " Ignorance, however, does not prevail in this instance. The Lord's pronouncement gives prominence to words, speech, and hearing. Samuel has a message but no commission. The statement does not provide enough information to answer the question. 3:19–4:1a is qualified by the narrative, since Samuel is absent from it, even though the word of the Lord is a major issue.
Joshua has no successor as sole leader. 18:31). 20:18–28). The issue is undecidable, because both responses— associated and not associated—are possible. 20:2). 20:28). 18:5–6). 20:27, but they will keep an oath they have made regardless of its disastrous consequences. Yet, surprisingly, it works; Benjamin is saved. 3:30), forty years (Judg. There is civil war and the near extinction of a tribe, but the people and the tribe survive. " The fact serves to explain why Israel is so often sold into the hands of her enemies.