Personal Study of 1 Samuel.
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HaShem and Ba'al
The identification of HaShem with Canaanite Ba'al - the god of kingship, fertility, and weather - in the book of 1 Samuel.
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The Vindication of Saul
King Saul’s power, like all power, is negotiated. Not everyone was happy at Mizpah at his selection as king. Perhaps they thought him weak or a coward. It was only when he proved himself at the battle of Jabesh-gilead that he secured the people’s confidence. The king must be victorious in battle if he is to be king. He must be able to deliver.
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