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Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition

Mark Leuchter

Abstract

Samuel stands out in many important biblical texts as the figure who facilitated ancient Israel's transition from a tribal league to a monarchic state. On the surface of the text, this transition appears clear and linear, as does Samuel's role in bringing Israel together as a nation and selecting its first kings. Beneath this surface, however, is a far more complicated network of memories, sources and agendas, each presenting a very different picture of Samuel and his social, religious and ideological function. In some sources, Samuel serves as a symbol of Israel's developing priesthood and it ... More

Keywords: biblical texts, ancient Israel, Jewish, Christian, Israel, Samuel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659340
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199659340.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Leuchter, author
Associate Professor of Religion and Director of Jewish Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia