Category Archives: 1 Samuel

Yoram Hazony and the Deception of Isaac

A post of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis blog. Within it, I engage with part of Yoram Hazony’s superb The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, bringing him into conversation with James Jordan’s Primeval Saints on the question … Continue reading

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Video: Was Israel Wrong to Ask for a King?

Today’s question: “Was it a sin for Israel to ask for a king? 1 Sam 8 makes it seem so. But then Deut 17 seemingly gives permission for Israel to ask for a king. How should we think about Israel’s monarchy? … Continue reading

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Video: Should We Read The Story Of David And Goliath Primarily As An Underdog Narrative?

Today’s question: “Was David’s victory over Goliath a miracle? Was he really an underdog or was this a case of misperception as to who was the favorite? We know it is not uncommon for smaller people to defeat larger people … Continue reading

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Hearing Scripture Anew in the Story of the Woman of Endor

I just came across this reading of the story of 1 Samuel 28, where Saul meets the witch of Endor. It is written by Rachael Starke, who was inspired by the recent book, Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and … Continue reading

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The Levite, the Concubine, and Israel’s Story

A piece of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis Institute. Within it, I explore the broader scriptural themes that are in play in the story of the Levite and his concubine in Judges 19. The story of … Continue reading

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The Politics of the King’s Donkey

I’ve just posted over on Political Theology Today, discussing the Lukan narrative of Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem: Indeed, the signs of the establishment of the kingdom and of Saul as king given by Samuel correlate remarkably with the signs that … Continue reading

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The Politics of Hannah’s Opened Womb

I have just posted over on Political Theology Today, on Hannah’s prayer in the temple at the start of 1 Samuel and her prayer of rejoicing after the birth of her son. They are also stories of unrecognized turning points … Continue reading

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