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By Keith Bodner

This great observation provides I Samuel as a worldly paintings of literature, the place the reader is challenged with a story that's fraught with interpretative chances. In his specified literary studying Bodner lays specified emphasis at the interesting array of characters that populate the narrative, and at the plot, in its layout and its configurations. hence, a number of interesting episodes and personalities are handed in evaluate: from the symbolically charged closed womb of Hannah to the backwards fall and the damaged neck of Eli, to the unusual travel of the Ark of God throughout the menacing Philistine pentapolis, wreaking havoc. Then there's the advanced portrayal of Samuel the prophet, the emergence of the fugitive David as a pacesetter, and the eventual decline, insanity, and necromancy of King Saul. in basic terms via a literary examine of its many ironies and ambiguities, Bodner amply exhibits, can the richness of this vintage royal drama be totally favored.

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In specific terms, it is notable that particular wrongdoing of laying with the hostesses is targeted. P. 11: The choice of the word [hostess, WZDEF] is incriminating as well because it engages in a play on words with the famous title ‘Lord of hosts’ (KZK\ WZDEF) which was mentioned, a short while ago, for the first time in the Bible. The priests abuse, therefore, a veritable host of women who themselves only have a mind to serve God, being in his presence to this end. This is a sacrilege whose insolence is of outrageous proportions.

In the early lines of the song it is not difficult to hear Hannah’s story emerge. For example, the struggle with Peninnah is alluded to on several occasions. 6’. Other images, though, are more puzzling to decipher. Why does Hannah use the term ‘horn’ at the beginning and at the end of the song? 10, many translations (such as both the RSV and NRSV) eschew the literal term ‘horn’ for the metaphorical rendering ‘strength’ or the like. But one should be cautious about fully abandoning the horn metaphor.

He said, ‘I didn’t call you, my son. ) And the LORD continued calling Samuel a third time. He arose and went to Eli, and said, ‘I’m here, for you called me’. Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling to the lad. Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lay down, and if it should happen that he calls to you, then you should say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is hearing” ’. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and was standing, and called as previously, ‘Samuel! ’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is hearing’.

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