By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall deals a examining of one Samuel that's strongly encouraged by means of New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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The question is crucial, for it bears upon the way in which we will read 1 Samuel and how we will treat any parallels between Judges and 1 Samuel. , the cultic order and retributive justice, will continue to be significant in the narrative; they will continue and yet be changed.  2:22, 3:3).  The ark has been transferred from Bethel to Shiloh; has the house of Aaron also been transferred?  2:30 and that the latter, therefore, is the promise made to Phinehas in Moab, so that Eli is a descendant of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, perhaps his son.

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.

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.

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