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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...


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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 subject to being a member of a particular class ...


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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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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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Because the Messiah's mission was multi-faceted he is represented by many different "types". For example, when David proposed to build a "house" for the LORD God told him that he couldn't because he was a warrior so it must be his son Solomon who builds the house. This was not criticizing David for killing Goliath or anything but rather because Solomon was ...


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E.W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, called this "Hysteresis; or, Subsequent Narration". https://archive.org/stream/cu31924029277047#page/n759 [No need to download the PDF on archive.org. If using the 'preview window', click on magnifier ("search inside"), then go to pdf page 760 (book page 705).] Hysteresis, Gr. "to come after/later". ...


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Often in the Bible, a narrative will focus on one person and then "finish them off" by jumping into the details of the end of their life and "tying up loose ends' in any surrounding narratives, before jumping back in the chronological timeline to focus on a different main character. An example is Abraham's death noted in Genesis 25:8-9. At this point in ...


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The root nun+cheth+mem has a very broad sense that doesn't change much across binyanim (mainly Niph'al and Hithpa'el). It covers such meanings as: changing actitudes, repenting, regretting, conforting, being consoled, pouring out, being at ease... In very many instances, this verb is positively associated with the Hebrew nouns for "the LORD" and for "God". ...


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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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What is the nature of this evil spirit? The semantic range of both רעה (evil) and רוח (spirit) are quite broad. As WoundedEgo correctly points out, רעה does not always mean evil or wicked in the narrow sense of the word, but can also refer to misery, trouble, disaster, (see HALOT Abridged). The verbal cognate (רעע, be evil) likewise has a broad semantic ...


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