By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall bargains a examining of one Samuel that's strongly prompted via New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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What are we to make of such a weighty theological pronouncement?  3:13).  The rest of the OT does not witness such a sharp distinction between sins against humans and sins against the Lord, particularly if the distinction means that the latter cannot be atoned for in ways similar to the former.  1:10, 12) succeeds, but it is related to distress, not sin.  We are in the realm of what theologically is called mercy or grace; the Lord can act without a "just'' cause.  The Page 20 speech of the man of God is complex, and in a partial reading I dwell on those parts that are germane to my reading of 1 Samuel.

The Song as a whole is a lure; it offers much but produces little.  Samuel ministers "in the presence of Eli the priest," who moves to the side and does not mediate the relation between Samuel and the Lord.  Ignorance is characterized as not knowing and as disregarding the Lord and his word.  Matters in 1 Samuel have so far progressed according to the "proper order" to the extent that the good, Hannah and Elkanah, are rewarded; we can therefore expect that the wicked will perish in darkness.  Samuel's link with priesthood is strengthened and a divinatory function is intimated, but there are serious qualifications.

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.  One of the main interests of the following reading is "the word of the Lord" and its relation to inquiry, to seeking certitude on the who, the why, the how.

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