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By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall deals a analyzing of one Samuel that's strongly encouraged via 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.

I cite two passages from Judges. , is related to the undecidability of the status and function of ritual, indeed of the entire cultic order.  Samuel and Saul build altars and offer sacrifices without thereby becoming priests and without usurping priestly prerogatives. , "eat nothing unclean" in Judg.  There is no need to trace the dispersion within Numbers 6, Judges 13–16, and 1 Samuel 1, but I do draw attention to it, since other cogent examples follow.  It is significant that it is hearing that would correct the error, and I pay close attention to the theme of hearing.

All Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. , "makes himself appear or be seen"; the emphasis, however, is on the word(s), not on a visionary experience. " Ignorance, however, does not prevail in this instance. The Lord's pronouncement gives prominence to words, speech, and hearing.  Samuel has a message but no commission.  The statement does not provide enough information to answer the question.  3:19–4:1a is qualified by the narrative, since Samuel is absent from it, even though the word of the Lord is a major issue.

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