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David, Saul, and GodRediscovering an Ancient Story$
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Paul Borgman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331608.001.0001

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 Saul: Three Anointings, Two Wrongdoings, One Good Son Between

 Saul: Three Anointings, Two Wrongdoings, One Good Son Between

Patterns 1 and 2

(p.17) 1 Saul: Three Anointings, Two Wrongdoings, One Good Son Between
David, Saul, and God

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Israel's second king, David, will commit what looks like far greater wrong than anything done by God's first choice, King Saul. But David proves much the superior leader. Why might God have given up so quickly on Saul, and what does this intimate about God's reversal of choices, for David? Possible answers begin to emerge with the narrator's presentation of Saul's three anointings and paralleled wrongdoing, the latter sandwiching a picture of Jonathan, of everything good that Saul isn't. With Saul we find an anatomy of failure that goes beyond mere wrongdoing. Something within Saul is tragically lacking, a flaw that will prove definitive as a contrast with David. Brought into a unifying vision by this and other patterns are “blocks” of material considered quite disparate by many biblical scholars.

Keywords:   greater wrong, God's first choice, King Saul, David, superior leader, three anointings, paralleled wrongdoing, Jonathan, anatomy of failure, flaw, unifying vision

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