This book explores the literary depth and complexity created by the shaping of earlier sources concerning Samuel, the biblical figure known for his role in ancient Israel's transition from a tribal league to a monarchic state and selecting its first kings. It considers a complicated network of memories, sources, and agendas that differ in their presentation of Samuel and his social, religious, and ideological function. Some biblical sources view Samuel as a symbol of Israel's developing priesthood and its system of social ethics, whereas others utilise Samuel's prophetic status to periodise Israel's history into distinct categories and putting prophets above monarchs as national authorities. Samuel has also been depicted to qualify — and disqualify — different forms of political organisation in pre-monarchic Israel and systems of social hierarchy. By focusing on the relationship between later redactional work and earlier narrative sources or cultural memories, this book shows how the character of Samuel becomes emblematic of the diverse scholarly traditions on the study of the book of Samuel. It includes translations of the Hebrew Bible passages based upon the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the traditional Hebrew version, the Masoretic Text.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.