I am enjoying my ride through 1 & 2 Samuel. I remember there being a contradiction contest/tag and here's a "contradiction" that got me thinking.
What should we make of Saul's death? In 1 Samuel 31:4-6, Saul kills himself:
Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me." But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.
In 2 Samuel 1:1-16 an Amalekite takes credit for killing Saul (vv. 9-10)
"Then he said to me, 'Stand here by me and kill me! I'm in the throes of death, but I'm still alive.'
"So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord."
This story is corroborated later in 2 Samuel 4 by David, himself.
So what do we make of the circumstances surrounding Saul and how can this apparent contradiction be explained?