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Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition$
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Mark Leuchter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199659340.001.0001

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Samuel as a Levite

Samuel as a Levite

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(p.22) 2 Samuel as a Levite
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Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition
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Mark Leuchter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199659340.003.0002

This chapter examines Samuel's rise to priestly prominence at Shiloh by offering a tentative reconstruction of the Levites as a sacral caste intimately connected to Israel's early traditions of priesthood. More specifically, it considers how the Levite caste formed an interface between the agrarian public and the dominant priestly clans, and how this process was recounted in the Samuel narratives. It also analyses the redactional layer of the narrative material and its points of contact with anthropological, linguistic, theological, and historical traces of earlier experience. Finally, it discusses the reasons why Samuel emerged as a central a character in subsequent historiographic efforts.

Keywords:   sacral caste, Samuel, Shiloh, Levites, Israel, priesthood, agrarian public, priestly clans

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