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 ...
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 ...
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
The key word is הָעָ֖ם, which is usually translated as "the nation" or "the people." However, the term can also refer ...
Saul and Ahinoam - 6 children:
Jonathan -> Mephibosheth - Mica - etc.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, “...
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, ...
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 ...
Before the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon Saul, he worked for his father. Afterward, he gradually took on the responsibility of being the first king of Israel. He changed from being a plain citizen to being the king.
The change started immediately. 1 Samuel 10:
9As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
The bible here states dryly the firstborn law in regards to someone that has two wives, it does not seem ...
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 ...
According to Ellicott, 1 Samuel 10:8 happened years earlier.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers
(8) And he tarried seven days.—When was this “set time” appointed? It seems difficult at first to refer back to the day of Saul’s mysterious prophetic consecration (1Samuel 10:8), which took place at least some three or four years—perhaps much longer—...
New American Standard Bible 1 Samuel 13:1
Saul was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for forty-two years over Israel.
The words "thirty" and "forty" are not in the original Hebrew.
Berean Literal Bible Acts 13:21
Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for ...
1 Samuel 10:9 (ESV):
When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day.
What does it that "God gave him another heart"? Did Saul get saved or have a conversion experience at that moment?
Gill answers it this way:
God gave him another heart; not in a moral or spiritual sense, not a new ...
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 ...
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?
24 And ...
The Bible gives no information about Agag's mother's status. However, here is an example where Jeremiah wrote about Rachel, who was obviously dead at the time, as if she were alive:
This is what the LORD says:
A voice was heard in Ramah,
a lament with bitter weeping—
Rachel weeping for her children,
refusing to be comforted for her children
The Hebrew word ben when it stands alone in a sentence means "son", usually in the sense of parent and child, for example in Genesis 4:25 (NIV)
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son
When ben is used in an adjectival construct, it does not mean "son" at all, it means
result of or derived from
being a member of a particular class
NIV 1 Samuel 19:11 Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.” 12So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped. 13Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting ...