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Interacting with Frank Luke's response, I like the theory proposed by E.W. Bullinger, however it does not seem to fit with what immediately follows in Chapter 18. First of all I believe that Bullinger is correct in his analysis of the construction of the passage. I agree that the intent is to contrast the Spirit coming upon David and leaving Saul, and ...


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Excellent question. Indeed, cremation was not the accepted burial rite in Ancient Israel, and this was definitely an unusual practice by Israelite standards and almost unheard of in the ANE (The only people known to practice cremation were the Hurrians and the Hittites), so this must have been an exception to the rule, see here. However, this author ...


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Dr. Berel Lerner has provided an answer to this question here. In short, the KJV translation of 1 Samuel 15:7 is inaccurate. The Hebrew reads: וַיִּתְפֹּ֛שׂ אֶת־אֲגַ֥ג מֶֽלֶךְ־עֲמָלֵ֖ק חָ֑י וְאֶת־כָּל־הָעָ֖ם הֶחֱרִ֥ים לְפִי־חָֽרֶב׃ The key word is הָעָ֖ם, which is usually translated as "the nation" or "the people." However, the term can also refer ...


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Saul and Ahinoam - 6 children: Jonathan -> Mephibosheth - Mica - etc. Ishui (Abinadab) Melchishua Ishbosheth (Eshbaal) Merab (f) (eldest) - [five children by Adriel] Michal (f) - wife of David x2. (Michal raised Merab's children for some reason.) Saul and Rizpah (concubine) - [Armoni and Mephibosheth] So, David gave over to the Gibeonites the five ...


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I Samuel 6:1-21, 7:1-2. The ark was sent from the Philistines and arrived at Bethshemesh where 50,070 men were slain because the ark had been looked into. Then it was brought up to the house of Abinadab in the hill and abode in Kirjath-jearim for twenty years. I Samuel 14:18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God ...


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Based on the information in 1 Samuel 15:4-9, God instructs Saul to attack the Amalekites and totally destroy them; men, women, children, infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys. So Saul puts together an army of two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah. The record says that Saul “took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and ...


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There are several ways in which Uzziah's actions should be seen as "more serious" than Saul's and so would warrant a "more severe" response: Uzziah's actions occurred at the altar in Solomon's Temple, the dedicated location for national offerings. Saul's actions occurred in Gilgal and there is no record the altar or the Tabernacle of Moses were there. So ...


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First of all, Saul was anointed in public in 1 Samuel 11:14-15. God later regrets having anointed Saul, but after having already anointed him in public as king. When Samuel is told to go anoint David, he has to do so in private: since Saul is officially the king, Samuel isn't even able to go anoint David without fear of being killed by Saul: Samuel said, “...


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There are about three explanations for Samuel's ability to predict Saul's murderous tendencies. 1) The slaughter of the Gibeonites: 2-Samuel 21:1-3 (NKJV) Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, "It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, ...


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Although they may have transgressed the prohibition, they weren't necessarily condemned to death. From the perspective of Rabbinic Judaism this isn't much of a question; the requirements to enforce the death penalty were so strict so as to make capital punishment almost entirely theoretical. The Mishna (Makkoth 1:10) states: A Sanhedrin that puts a man ...


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1 Sam 13:1 is problematic because the Hebrew text is clearly missing something. Indeed, my ESV has this: Saul was ... years old when he began to reign, and when he had reigned ... and two years over Israel Both the Grammar and the text suggest that there are two gaps as shown above. The NIV has the following Saul was [thirty] years old when he became ...


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Ellicott succinctly observes that: But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand.—“And thus they were more faithful to Saul than if they had obeyed his order, which was against the commandment of the Lord, whose servant the king was no less than they.”—Wordsworth. David made a similar decision, more than once, not to harm King Saul because, ...


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Look at it this way. Doeg the Edomite didn't do it with his bare hands. He used weapons. Part of his weapons would include his son's and servants under his command. It's common to mention just the person in control in the Old Testament (Tanakh). Note Doeg was "the chief of Saul’s herdsmen" (1 Sam. 21:7, ESV). Thus, he could have had help. ...


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Saul was given to Israel as a permissive will of God when they asked for a Samuel for a king. They were therefore given a king of their choice. 1 Samuel 10:19 19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present ...


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It had already been announced by Samuel that the kingdom was being taken from Saul and given to a better man than he: So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. (1 Sam. 15:28, NKJV) It is quite possible from the verses following that this was done, if not ...


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The answer is yes. The God of the OT approves of polygamy. Proof of this can be found in Deut. 21:15 If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love.... The bible here states dryly the firstborn law in regards to someone that has two wives, it does not seem ...


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How would marrying Saul's daughter be a snare/stumbling block to David? Saul was hoping that David would lose his life in trying to get 100 foreskins of the Philistines ,instead of the normal money payment and gifts which would have been paid for dowry . For a king's daughter, the dowry may have been substantial. 1 Samuel 18:25 (NASB) 25" Saul ...


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Britannica.com states that King Saul of Israel lived during the following time period: ( Credit Reference: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saul-king-of-Israel  ) King Saul of Israel (c. 1021–1000 bc) Furthermore, ( Credit Reference:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ahasuerus ) "....Ahasuerus is evidently to be identified with Xerxes..." , ...


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This is a great question. For rebellion (meri) is like the sin of divination; arrogance (haftsar) is like iniquity (aven) and idolatry (terafim). First, divination was not inherently evil -- the reference to casting of lots is common in scriptures and has the connotation of fearing God (Jon 1:7, Num 26.55, 1 Sam 14.41, Acts 1.26). Likewise the ...


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Was David responsible for Saul's insane order to slaughter everyone in the city of Nob (1 Sam. 22:22)? A similar question was asked in the Questions From Readers in the Watchtower November 15, 1986 issue. Why did David knowingly endanger Ahimelech the high priest, leading to the priest’s death, as David confessed in 1 Samuel 22:22? Actually, 1 Samuel 22:22 ...


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The Amalekites had a very difficult and polemic relationship with Israel as shown by the brief history below. Their first encounter with Israel was when they attacked the rear of Israel but were defeated by Joshua at Rephidim (Ex 17:8-13, Deut 25:17, 18). This brought a curse of ultimate annihilation from Moses (Ex 17:14-16, Deut 25:19) and Balaam (Num 24:...


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The Amalekites survived by living amongst other tribes. They lived amongst the Kenites, Canaanites, etc and if they lived amongst them there was definitely mixing and thus they was preserved. The royal line of the Kings is what led to Haman. The BIBLE never said every single Amalekite lived in their area of settling. They were nomadic and moved around.


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There may have been multiple enclaves of Amalekites scattered throughout the Sinai peninsula. There is some evidence that they advanced into Egypt after the Israelites departed since Egypt was in ruins and could be easily conquered. Emmanuel Velikovsky, a relentless researcher, provided evidence for this possibility in his book Ages in Chaos. This book ...


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I do not think it is possible to give an exegetical answer to this question, but only an Eisegetical one and that based on conjecture, beside the simplicity of 1 Samuel 10: 1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because Yhwh hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? And 24 And ...


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