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by Robert M. Polzin

eBook Samuel and the Deuteronomist: 1 Samuel (A Literary Study of the Deuteronomic History, Pt. 2) download ISBN: 0060666978
Author: Robert M. Polzin
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 1, 1989)
Language: English
Pages: 296
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ROBERT POLZIN is Director, School of Comparative Literary Studies and Professor of Religion, Carleton University

ROBERT POLZIN is Director, School of Comparative Literary Studies and Professor of Religion, Carleton University. He is author of Moses and the Deuteronomist and Samuel and the Deuteronomist, both volumes in a series of four books on the Deuteronomic History, as well as Late Biblical Hebrew. I have read over one hundred books on the bible (from an analytical point of view), and this book is simply awesome. Polzin shows how and why the Deuteronomist was such a brilliant author/redacter. The reader will see the bible in a new perspective. I absolutely loved this book.

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David and the Deuteronomist book. Polzin makes a strong case for a complex yet coherent picture of the monarchy within Israelite theology as he demonstrates the literary artfulness and ideol. splendid work deserves consideration by all serious students of 2 Samuel. -The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. The figure of David is the focus of Polzin's provocative new reading of 2 Samuel.

Samuel and the Deuteronomist: A Literary Study of the Deuteronomic History: 1 Samuel.

will profoundly affect biblical scholarship for at least a generation. Marc Z. Brettler, The Journal of Religion.

This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Samuel and the Deuteronomist : A Literary Study of the Deuteronomic History Part Two: 1 Samuel. will profoundly affect biblical scholarship for at least a generation. -Marc Z. Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature. Samuel and the Deuteronomist : A Literary Study of the Deuteromonic History: I Samuel.

Samuel and the Deuteronomist : A Literary Study of the Deuteromonic History: I Samuel.

Joshua Judges Ruth 1/2 Samuel 1/2 Kings 1/2 Chronicles Ezra/Nehemiah Esther.

Pages: 226 Publisher: Seabury Press Published: 1980 ISBN-10: 0816404569 ISBN-13: 9780816404568. Find at a Library Find at Google Books. Joshua Judges Ruth 1/2 Samuel 1/2 Kings 1/2 Chronicles Ezra/Nehemiah Esther.

David and the Deuteronomist: A Literary Study of the Deuteronomic History. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983. Part Three: Samuel 2. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993. Samuel and the Deuteronomist: A Literary Study of Deuteronomic History. Part Two: Samuel 1. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. Vogelsang, Kay. Some Notions of Historical Judgment in China and the West. In Schmidt-Glintzer, H. et al. ed. op. ci. 143–169.

The book of Samuel tells the story of the origins of kingship in Israel in what seems to be an artistically . Recent studies have called into question the extent of Samuel’s sources and their redaction history, as well as the textual growth of the book as a whole.

The book of Samuel tells the story of the origins of kingship in Israel in what seems to be an artistically structured, flowing narrative. Yet it is also marked by an inconsistent outlook, divergent styles, and breaks in the narrative. The essays in this book, representing the latest scholarship on this subject, reexamine whether the book of Samuel was ever part of a Deuteronomistic History.

"[Polzin's] book... will profoundly affect biblical scholarship for at least a generation." â?”Frank Kermode

"[A] suggestive and rich book, written in a clear and witty style." â?”Marc Z. Brettler, The Journal of Religion

"Literary commentary at its best." â?”Adele Berlin

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Mullador
Robert Polzin’s books on the Bible offer readers a brilliant deep analysis of what scripture is saying by focusing on the biblical words rather than on what readers feel they need to find in the text because of a religious motivation. The following are a few examples from the life of Samuel, as told in the biblical book Samuel. While most religious people prefer to think of this prophet and judge as a righteous and good person, a close reading of the passages reveals the opposite.

A principle part of the plot in Samuel is that in Samuel’s old age, the people approach him to select a king for them. Polzin recognizes that Eli the priest can be seen to prefigure the disasters that will occur when the Israelites have kings. Eli is presented as a royal figure sitting on a seat outside the sanctuary as if he were on a throne, but he falls off the seat and dies.

In chapter 8, the people approach the prophet and ask for his and his sons replacement, a king. Samuel feels that the three of them are being rejected, and this feeling changes the prophet who “now appears a stubborn, self-interested judge, who for his own reasons is slow to do the Lord’s will” (page 83).

Samuel anoints Saul as king of Israel and gives him three seemingly miraculous signs to show him that he is fit to serve as king. Significantly, although Samuel is making Saul a king, Polzin observes that his elaborate set of instructions are arguably a strategy for asserting continued control over the man he is anointing, a control that continues throughout Samuel’s life. Samuel wants both a king and a puppet.

In 10:8, Samuel tells Saul, “Go before me to Gilgal and know that I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice peace offerings. Wait seven days until I come to you, and show you what you should do.” Polzin points out that this prophecy was never fulfilled reflecting Samuel’s failure as a prophet. He also states that despite encouraging Saul, Samuel tells him not to act until he tells him to do so; again, treating the king as his puppet.

In 10:20, Polzin notes that Samuel stages a lottery as a means to prove that God wants Saul as the Israelite king, but the only other times lottery is used in scripture is to discover a culprit. Robert Alter adds: “Samuel has chosen a mechanism associated with incrimination and punishment.”

Polzin states that people can gain much insight by comparing every event, intention, act, and reaction in one tale in scripture with a similar one elsewhere in the Bible. One should do so in regard to Samuel by comparing his story to the tale of Abraham and Sarah receiving predictions from angels in Genesis 18. Polzin similarly points readers on page 221 to the fact that one of Saul’s final acts is eating, and “the last image we have of the last Judahite king is of the exiled Jehoiachin dining every day of his life at the table of the king of Babylon (II Kings 25:30).”

Readers may feel that Saul did not act improperly, and even if he did, his behavior was not extraordinarily bad. Polzin writes: “It is not difficult to see Samuel’s subsequent accusation of the king as a trumped-up charge to keep Saul on the defensive and under his prophetic control” (page 129), because he opposed establishing a monarchy in Israel for personal reasons. Actually, Polzin adds, it was not Saul who acted improperly, it was Samuel who missed the appointment that he prophetically foretold in chapter 10 that he would meet Saul in ten days.
Alexandra
Polzin's work is brilliant, but intended primarily for serious scholars who have a good knowledge of the text. His analysis of the language of the text as well as exploring the multiple possible meanings of the original Hebrew are only part of what makes this an important text.
Polzin's literary analysis is also a tremendous addition to the field. In many areas where the text has been generally thought of as contradictory, he finds plausible interpretations that create continuity and add to the meaning of the text. Further, his understanding of the redactors possible intent greatly enhances the readers understanding of the primary text.
Finally, the theological implications of his commentary deserve consideration. Polzin brings the characters of Samuel and Saul, two of the Bibles most interesting personalities, fully to life. His exploration of their flaws and failures as well as their successes makes his interpretations that much more meaningful.
While not always easy, the text is a must addition for any serious or aspiring scholar of these texts. If you are a beginner, begin with a good translation and easier linear commentary like Alter or Fox. If you want to go deeper, I urge you to purchase this important text.
Геракл
Polzin's study of the first part of Samuel is based upon synchronic literary reading. He applied method of "close reading" which enriches the text's meaning and message. It is highly recommended to lecturers, students, and researchers.