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David, Saul, and God: Rediscovering an Ancient Story

Paul Borgman


The original audience heard a story shaped to their listening capacities, which for a print‐oriented audience presents special difficulties. In highlighting the reliance of David's story on ancient techniques of repetition, this book brings into focus a narrative most often approached as a collection of parts rather than as a compelling whole. David's story (Samuel and early Kings) took final shape from within an oral culture whose techniques of repetition demanded from the audience not only a grasp of the story's forward progress, but also a circling backward—a tracing of those “hearing clues ... More

Keywords: original audience, hearing clues, Saul, David, architectural cohesion, patterns, eleven major, spoiled sons, king's great fall, glorious resolve, oral culture, narrative shape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Borgman, author
Gordon College
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