David Jobling examines 1 Samuel as a historical document in a double sense: (1) as a document origianting from ancient Israel and (2) as a telling of the past. Organizing the text through the interlocking themes of class, race, and gender, Jobling asks how this historical-and canonical-story relates to a modern world in which these continue to be of crucial importance. He follows a structuralist tradition which finds meaning more in the text's large-scale mythic patterns than in close reading of particular passages, to biblical narrative in general.
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Date:July 24, 2003
A must for the serious student of I Samuel. Jobling analyzes the text through several different lenses, including the ascendancy of the monarchy, the role of women in Samuel, the evolving understanding of government, and the relationships between the successive leaders of Israel. Original, provocative analysis!