By Peter D. Miscall

In a decisive departure from conventional biblical scholarship, Miscall deals a studying of one Samuel that's strongly encouraged by way of New feedback, Structuralism, and Deconstruction.

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Shiloh appears again in 1 Kings 11–14 as the home of Ahijah, the prophet who is instrumental in the division of the kingdom; the analogy with Samuel requires a separate study.  81–86).  Or it is a mandatory offering to be presented in such a situation.  I cite two passages from Judges. , is related to the undecidability of the status and function of ritual, indeed of the entire cultic order.  Samuel and Saul build altars and offer sacrifices without thereby becoming priests and without usurping priestly prerogatives.

Makes himself appear or be seen"; the emphasis, however, is on the word(s), not on a visionary experience. " Ignorance, however, does not prevail in this instance. The Lord's pronouncement gives prominence to words, speech, and hearing.  Samuel has a message but no commission.  The statement does not provide enough information to answer the question.  3:19–4:1a is qualified by the narrative, since Samuel is absent from it, even though the word of the Lord is a major issue.  One of the main interests of the following reading is "the word of the Lord" and its relation to inquiry, to seeking certitude on the who, the why, the how.

A corollary of the interest in the word of the Lord is the theme of inquiry, asking, and seeking.  The two approaches, "words" and "meanings," undermine each other and prevent each other from producing the true reading or interpretation of the text.  I will return to the question at a relevant point.  But the word of the Lord will no longer be rare after the call of Samuel.  All Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. , "makes himself appear or be seen"; the emphasis, however, is on the word(s), not on a visionary experience.

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