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By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall deals a interpreting of one Samuel that's strongly motivated through New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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The lack of a clinching genealogy for Eli is emphasized by the presence of one for Elkanah.  2:22)—an ironic comment that marks the sad state of affairs at Shiloh.  The motif, the ark, will be picked up again in the reading of 1 Samuel 4.  Shiloh appears again in 1 Kings 11–14 as the home of Ahijah, the prophet who is instrumental in the division of the kingdom; the analogy with Samuel requires a separate study.  81–86).  Or it is a mandatory offering to be presented in such a situation.  I cite two passages from Judges.

Samuel's link with priesthood is strengthened and a divinatory function is intimated, but there are serious qualifications.  23:6–12, the ephod connotes priestly and divinatory functions; through the ephod, the word of the Lord is given thematic prominence.  He heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel and how they lay with the women who served at the entrance of the tent of meeting.  In this instance Eli hears and hears correctly; he does not need to see anything.  it is no good report [shemu`ah] I hear [shome`a] the people of the Lord spreading abroad.

2:22)—an ironic comment that marks the sad state of affairs at Shiloh.  The motif, the ark, will be picked up again in the reading of 1 Samuel 4.  Shiloh appears again in 1 Kings 11–14 as the home of Ahijah, the prophet who is instrumental in the division of the kingdom; the analogy with Samuel requires a separate study.  81–86).  Or it is a mandatory offering to be presented in such a situation.  I cite two passages from Judges. , is related to the undecidability of the status and function of ritual, indeed of the entire cultic order.

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