Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition

Mark Leuchter


Samuel stands out in many important biblical texts as the figure who facilitated ancient Israel's transition from a tribal league to a monarchic state. On the surface of the text, this transition appears clear and linear, as does Samuel's role in bringing Israel together as a nation and selecting its first kings. Beneath this surface, however, is a far more complicated network of memories, sources and agendas, each presenting a very different picture of Samuel and his social, religious and ideological function. In some sources, Samuel serves as a symbol of Israel's developing priesthood and it ... More

Keywords: biblical texts, ancient Israel, Jewish, Christian, Israel, Samuel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659340
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199659340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Leuchter, author
Associate Professor of Religion and Director of Jewish Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia