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Bibil Identifier bibil:219810
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Two Stories of David Sparing Saul's Life in 1 Samuel 24 and 26
Title (English, ) A Question of Priority
Author Van Seters, John
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 25, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 93-104 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In a recent article Steven McKenzie argues for the priority of the account of David sparing Saul's life in 1 Sam 26 over that of the parallel account 1 Sam 24. To do this he uses one of the categories of evaluating interdependence of biblical texts, namely, that of “ungrammaticality” as set forth by Cynthia Edenburg in SJOT, 1998. Thus McKenzie opposes my own view for the priority of chap 24, as argued most recently in The Biblical Saga of King David (2009). In this article I critically evaluate the use of his examples of “ungrammaticality” as well as the possible application of the other four Edenburg categories of evaluating evidence for interdependence and priority, as they apply to these parallel texts. Contrary to McKenzie, I conclude that these principles of comparison confirm the priority of 1 Sam 24 over that of 1 Sam 26, and I argue that chap 26 was a later supplementation of the David story for the purposes of polemic and a parody of the earlier account.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2011.568211
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
Pericopes 1 Samuel 24
1 Samuel 26
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