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

Embargo Period

1-27-2020

ANZSRC / FoR Code

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

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

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.

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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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