By S.J. Antony F. Campbell
I Samuel is quantity VII of The different types of the outdated testomony Literature, a chain that goals to give a form-critical research of each ebook and every unit within the Hebrew Bible. essentially exegetical, the FOTL volumes study the constitution, style, surroundings, and goal of the biblical literature in query. in addition they examine the historical past at the back of the form-critical dialogue of the cloth, try and deliver consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulation of the biblical literature, and disclose the exegetical method in an effort to permit scholars and pastors to have interaction of their personal research and interpretation of the previous testomony texts. Antony Campbell's necessary form-critical research of one Samuel highlights either the literary improvement of the textual content itself and its meanings for its viewers. a talented scholar of the Hebrew scriptures and their historical context, Campbell exhibits glossy readers the method of modifying and transforming that formed 1 Samuel's ultimate shape. As Campbell's research unearths, the tensions and contradictions that exist within the current textual content mirror an incredible switch within the lifestyle of historic Israel. Samuel, the 1st prophet, the following emerges to preside over the increase of Saul, Israel's first king, to be the agent of Saul's rejection, and to anoint David as Israel's subsequent king and the 1st confirmed head of a royal dynasty. The booklet of one Samuel captures the paintings of God inside this interaction of sociopolitical forces, and Campbell fruitfully explores the textual content either as a repository of traditions of significant importance for Israel and as a paradigm of Israel's use of narrative for theological expression.
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Samuel's anointing of Saul, as opposed to his commissioning by an anonymous prophet, as well as aspects of Saul's rejection and the anointing of David are all attributed to the Prophetic Record, the work of the late-9th-century prophetic circles associated to some degree with Jehu's coup. Some prophetic endorsement of Saul seems to have been in the tradition, along with some rebuke. Prophetic anointing of David (1 Sam 16:1-13) is attributed entirely to prophetic rewriting. The suggestion that Saul is in trouble with God comes with 1 Sam 16:14-23.
15:28). The structural movement cannot end with the death of Saul. With the death of Saul, a page can be turned, a chapter ended; the book cannot be closed. So we are obliged to deal with 1-2 Samuel. The books of Samuel (in Hebrew, the book of Samuel) move on two planes. At one level, events are unfolded in some fonn of chronological sequence. At another level, fundamental theological questions are raised by the text: in all the political turbulence associated with the names of Samuel, Saul, and David, what was God's role in the story of Israel?
All theology that moves from the inner toward the outer becomes involved in the justification and/or propagation of the faith. The conviction maintained here is that the origin of the bulk of the Davidic traditions is to be attributed to the interpretation of the experience of David's kingship. Such interpretation involves rehearsing the traditions of what David did; otherwise the experience would be a void. It involves an understanding of David's activity such that it is not believed to be in conflict with the will of God or, in Israel's case, to demean the sovereignty of God.