Author Faculty (Discipline)

Theology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2014

Journal

Andrews University Seminary Studies

Volume Number

52

Issue Number

2

Page Numbers

141-160

ISSN

0003-2980

ANZSRC / FoR Code

220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Reportable Items

C1

Abstract

Interpreters have been divided on whether the figure who appeared to the witch and spoke to Saul was the post mortem Samuel or a demon impersonating Samuel to deceive Saul. This chapter argues for the second view, because the context involves Canaanite conjuring ritual; the medium speaks as a polytheist; the meal is part of the ritual; Saul has shown vulnerability to fortune-telling and the demonic; the rebuke by the apparent Samuel unfairly escalates Saul’s punishment, complains about ‘bringing me up’, and ignores the most obvious issue; the apparent Samuel’s predictions are questionable; Torah allusions offer clear guidance; the woman is a mixed character; and the narrator uses focalisation (or narration from one characters viewpoint) in saying Samuel appeared.

Field of Education

09 Society and Culture

Peer Review

Before publication

Comments

Used by permission: Andrews University Seminary Studies and the author.

Copyright © 2014 Andrews University Seminary Studies.

At the time of writing Grenville Kent was affiliated with Avondale College as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer.

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