David, Saul, and God: Rediscovering an Ancient Story by Paul Borgman

By Paul Borgman

The biblical tale of King David and his clash with King Saul (1 and a pair of Samuel) is without doubt one of the such a lot colourful and perennially renowned within the Hebrew Bible. in recent times, this tale has attracted loads of scholarly cognizance, a lot of it dedicated to exhibiting that David was once a much much less heroic personality than appears to be like at the floor. certainly, multiple has painted David as a despicable tyrant. Paul Borgman offers a counter-reading to those experiences, via an attentive examining of the narrative styles of the textual content. He makes a speciality of one of many key good points of historical Hebrew narrative poetics -- repeated styles -- taking specific be aware of even the small adaptations every time a development recurs. He argues that such "hearing cues" may have alerted an historic viewers to the solutions to such questions as "Who is David?" and "What is so incorrect with Saul?" The narrative insists on such questions, says Borgman, slowly disclosing solutions via styles of repeated situations and dominant motifs that yield, ultimately, the perfect paintings of storytelling in historic literature. Borgman concludes with a comparability with Homer's storytelling approach, demontrating that the David tale is certainly a masterpiece and David (as Baruch Halpern has stated) "the first actually sleek human."

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