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David, Saul, and God Rediscovering an Ancient Story

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ISBN-10: 0195331605

ISBN-13: 9780195331608

Edition: 2008

Authors: Paul Borgman

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The biblical story of King David and his conflict with King Saul (1 and 2 Samuel) is one of the most colorful and perennially popular in the Hebrew Bible. In recent years this story has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, much of it devoted to showing that David was a far less heroic character than appears on the surface. Indeed, more than one has painted David as a despicable tyrant. Paul Borgman provides a counter-reading to these studies, through an attentive reading of the narrative patterns of the text. He focuses on one of the key features of ancient Hebrew narrative poetics -- repeated patterns -- taking special note of even the small variations each time a pattern recurs.…    
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.45" long x 1.06" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Borgman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Introduction: Solving the Story's Mystery of David - and God, and Saul
Saul: Three Anointings, Two Wrongdoings, One Good Son Between: Patterns 1 and 2
Who Is David? Multiple Introductions: Pattern 3
Saul and David - Fear; Sword and Spear: Patterns 4 and 5
David Spares an Enemy, Three Times in a Row: Pattern 6
The Ark, Communal Well-being, and Women: Pattern 7
Failed Fathers: Personal Indulgence, Public Woe: Pattern 8
News of Death - Public and Private Davids: Pattern 9
Chiastic Conclusion: Warriors, Leadership, and Poetic Reflection: Pattern 10(A)
Chiastic Conclusion: Final Contrast, Soul and David Sinning: Patterns 10(B) and 11
Conclusion: David and God, Odysseus and Athene: Character and Moral Universe
Index of Biblical Citations