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Bibil Identifier bibil:202301
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) David, Saul, and God
Title (English, ) Rediscovering an Ancient Story
Author Borgman, Paul
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature Perunil
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-533160-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
336 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract The original audience heard a story shaped to their listening capacities, which for a print-oriented audience presents special difficulties. In highlighting the reliance of David's story on ancient techniques of repetition, this book brings into focus a narrative most often approached as a collection of parts rather than as a compelling whole. David's story (Samuel and early Kings) took final shape from within an oral culture whose techniques of repetition demanded from the audience not only a grasp of the story's forward progress, but also a circling backward—a tracing of those “hearing clues” constituting broad formal patterns. From eleven major patterns emerge narrative shape and meaning, and an answer to the mystery of who David is. Some examples: (1) the mystery of David's character is finally less so in a triad of sparings: twice, David spares the life of enemy Saul, accounts that “sandwich” a third sparing—of an enemy David has set out to kill; (2) Saul is anointed and/or proclaimed king three times, and (3) commits wrongdoing in parallel fashion; (4) David is introduced to the story's audience four times, paving the narrative way for aspects of his character lying ahead; (5) David's three-time failure as a father mirrors Eli's earlier failure, and spells out the king's great fall, setting up the story's glorious resolve, the triumph of a father finally saying no to a spoiled son and yes to interests of the kingdom. Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann, who has written extensively on the David story, responds with skepticism to Robert Alter's suggestion that David's story evidences architectural cohesion: “Alter may be correct on this point,” Brueggemann cautions, “but he has only asserted the matter and has not given it any careful analysis.” This study demonstrates the aptness of Alter's assessment regarding the story's unity, answering Bruggemann's challenge with a singular analysis adequate to the demands of this sophisticated ancient masterpiece.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331608.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Saul
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