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David, Saul, and GodRediscovering an Ancient Story$
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Paul Borgman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331608.001.0001

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 Who Is David? Multiple Introductions

 Who Is David? Multiple Introductions

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(p.37) 2 Who Is David? Multiple Introductions
David, Saul, and God

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The story's multiple introductions of David consist of four brilliantly clear vignettes that do not add up to any apparent coherence of character. The resulting complexity yields a mystery that contrasts sharply with what is an economically achieved clarity of character for Saul. First, the audience meets David, whom only God knows (1, 16.1‐13); again we meet David, brought before a troubled King Saul as a musical therapist (1, 16:14‐23); a third time for the audience—and second for Saul, David is introduced as a talkative warrior who is simultaneously pious and political (1, 17:1‐54); and finally, we find Saul asking who David is! (I, 17:55‐18:5). The first introduction to David sets the narrative tone: prophet Samuel is sent to anoint David—under the ruse of a sacrifice—but the seer sees wrongly in the selection process. Then, King Saul meets two very different Davids: a quiescent, responsive David followed by a politically ambitious and overtly pious David. Finally, a confused Saul asks David about his identity.

Keywords:   multiple introductions, David, Mystery Man, Quiescent Musician, Talkative Warrior, Saul, Samuel, responsive David, lyre, politically ambitious

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