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Bibil Identifier bibil:219574
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) King Saul’s Mysterious Malady
Author Williams, Gillian P.
Author le Roux, Magdel
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 68, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 6 p. Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article investigates the ‘illness’ of King Saul (as narrated in the Old Testament). The ‘anti-Saul narrative’ states that ‘God’s spirit had left Saul’ and ‘an evil one had taken its place’ (1 Sm 16:14; also cf. e.g. of his behaviour in 1 Sm 19:24; 1 Sm 18:28−29). The latter years of Saul’s reign were marred by his pre-occupation with David’s growing popularity. He eventually became mentally unstable and suspected everyone of plotting against him. Saul’s battle against the Ammonites, as well as his last battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa, was fraught with difficulty. It is postulated that Saul experienced epileptic-like fits and assumedly suffered from some kind of ‘depression’ as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (cf. 1 Sm 18:9; 1 Sm 18:28, 29; 1 Sm 19:24). This was possibly exacerbated by the enemy herem principle. Talmudic and other perspectives were also provided in the article where possible.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v68i1.906
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Saul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Disease
Pericopes 1 Samuel 16,14
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