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Bibil Identifier bibil:261243
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Voices from below: The role of anonymous women’s opinion in the birth of Israel’s monarchy
Author French, Blaire A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 44, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2020
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2020
Year (Copyright) 2020
Year (Reference) 2020
Year (Second publication) 2020
Language English
Pages 563-574 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that the opinion of anonymous women in the books of Samuel exerts a powerful influence over the reputation and political fortune of Israel’s first kings. The descriptions of the singing women who greet Saul when he returns with David from battle (1 Sam 18.6-7, 21.12, 29.5) reveal that, in this turbulent period, popular opinion forms at the lowest rungs of society and percolates from the bottom up. David demonstrates his own appreciation of this fact by actively cultivating the favor of disenfranchised women (2 Sam 6.14-22). Previous studies of community sentiment within Samuel have paid insufficient attention to women as generators of public opinion during the formation of the united monarchy.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Saul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
Pericopes 1 Samuel 18,6-18,7
1 Samuel 21,12
1 Samuel 29,5
2 Samuel 6,14-6,22
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