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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 in Biblical and Extra-Biblical Perspective

Samuel in Biblical and Extra-Biblical Perspective

(p.83) Conclusion Samuel in Biblical and Extra-Biblical Perspective
Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition

Mark Leuchter

Oxford University Press

This conclusion discusses the implications of the previous chapters that address Samuel's diverse characteristics in earlier biblical sources, and how later writers read, interpreted, and applied the collective presentation of Samuel both within and beyond the Hebrew Bible. Citing the Persian period texts such as Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles, it shows that the picture of Samuel set a precedent for how subsequent writers could draw from this earlier tradition and apply it to their own purposes. It suggests that this trend persists with Hellenistic texts such as Ben Sira and in the Roman period sources. Finally, it shows how the emergence of new traditions recast Samuel in the image that best suited the needs of the writers and their audiences.

Keywords:   biblical sources, Samuel, Hebrew Bible, Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicles, Hellenistic texts, Ben Sira, Roman period

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