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Bibil Identifier bibil:212719
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) An Obedient Servant? The Reign of King Saul (1 Samuel 13-15) Reassessed
Author Sellars, Dawn Maria
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 317-338 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article reconsiders 1 Samuel 13-15 and the negative characterization of Saul that has been perpetuated by subsequent interpreters. It considers the story of Saul’s reign in light of the account of the call for a king in 1 Samuel 8, where a narrative contrast is established between obedience to the people and obedience to God and where the subordination of the people to their king is prophesied. This article shows that a key element of 1 Samuel 13-15 is Saul’s preference for the will of the people and concludes that the fact that this contradicts the prophesied image of kingship in 1 Samuel 8 enables a more positive interpretation of Saul and his reign. Rather than a king who makes servants of his people, we encounter a king anxious to serve them.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211398710
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Saul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Monarchy
Pericopes 1 Samuel 13-15
1 Samuel 8
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