By Robert P. Gordon
A accomplished creation to the serious concerns raised by way of scholarship on either books of Samuel. the usually difficult difficulties are handled truly and engagingly; the chapters take care of the Deuteronomistic heritage, the Shiloh culture, the Ark narrat
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6). A Form-critical and Traditio-historical Study (SBL Dissertation Series, 16), Missoula: SBL and Scholars Press, 1975. D. Miller, Jr and JJJVi. Roberts, The Hand of the Lord. A Reassessment of the 'Ark Narrative' of 1 Samuel, Baltimore/London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977. McCarter, 23-26, follows Miller and Roberts closely. The third monograph is in German: F. Schicklberger, Die Ladeerzdhlungen des ersten Samuel-Buches. Eine literatunoissenschaftliche und theologiegeschichtliche Untersuchung (Forschung zur Bibel, 7), Wurzburg: Echter Verlag, 1973.
Criisemann finds a community of interest between Samuel's speech and the dissatisfaction which fuelled the rebellions by Absalom and Sheba already in David's reign. It is also important for Criisemann that the anti-monarchical outbursts in Hosea mark, not the beginning of a trend, but its mid-point. As to the specific linking of 1 Samuel 8:11-18 with the reign of Solomon, the arguments are not convincing. For, although the general tenor of the speech may be compatible with what we know of Solomon's administration, it is noteworthy that the gravamen of the popular case against Solomon, viz.
T. Dothan, The Philistines and their Material Culture, New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1982. Gottwald, 410-425 (see bibliography to Chapter 2). 39 4 THE RISE OF THE MONARCHY IS WITH the rise of the monarchy that we can truly speak of I TIsrael as a nation, and the importance of the development is reflected in the space given to it in 1 Samuel. Moreover, since, in the opinion of the Hebrew historians, the respective monarchies ofJudah and Israel contributed generously to the undoing of those states, the account of the beginnings assumed still greater importance, as partly providing the explanation of the unprosperous course of the kingdoms between the tenth and sixth centuries BC.
1 and 2 Samuel (Old Testament Guides) by Robert P. Gordon