With critical scholarship and theological sensitivity, Walter Brueggemann traces the people of God through the books of Samuel as they shift from marginalized tribalism to an oppressive monarchy. He carefully opens the literature of the books, sketching a narrative filled with historical realism but also bursting with an awareness that more than human action is being presented.
“If we face this text at all, we are soon invited behind all the critical, scholarly questions to face the harder questions of human desire and human power—desire with all its delight, power with all its potential for death.” (Page 272)
“I judge this oracle with its unconditional promise to David to be the most crucial theological statement in the Old Testament, but it is not the whole of Old Testament faith. This core statement of royal faith is a bold departure from the conditional character of the Mosaic ‘if’ (cf. Ex. 19:4–6). Sound interpretation requires us to recognize that while the covenantal ‘if’ is silenced in this theology, it has not been nullified. Therefore, interpretation must struggle with the tension of ‘if’ and ‘nevertheless’ that is present in the Bible, in our own lives, and in the very heart of God.” (Page 259)
“The narrative wants us to notice Yahweh as the key actor. The narrative invites us to wait in our trouble with such a focus on God, to see if prayers can be uttered, if vows can be made, if gifts can be received, if thanks can be rendered, if worship can be enacted. When all of that becomes possible among us, we are prepared for the story of Israel’s new life.” (Page 15)
“The sin of the young men was very great’ (v. 17). The term ‘great’ (gdl) is the same term used for Samuel. The linguistic parallel seems to sharpen the contrast intentionally. Both Samuel and the sons of Eli are ‘great.’ Samuel is ‘great’ as a mature man of God, Eli’s sons are ‘great’ in sin.” (Pages 22–23)
“This oracle is built around a play on the word ‘house,’ which can mean either temple or dynasty. Roles are now reversed. David will not build Yahweh a house (temple), but Yahweh will build David a house (dynasty).” (Page 255)
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