This volume contains a sustained close reading of 1 Samuel 8 to 2 Samuel 1 from a perspective of the intended ancient audience. A conscious effort is made here to read and understand the text through the eyes of an ancient Israelite, to the extent that the worldview and idioms of the late seventh-century BCE Judah can be reconstructed. This study reveals a coherent, carefully developed narrative of Saul’s career as the first king of Israel.
Diana Vikander Edelman is a Reader in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. He received a B.A. in Religion at Smith College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She has participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Palestine.