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|Title:||Discovering David in Light of 1 Samuel 25: A Narrative Critical Reading of 1 Samuel 24-26|
|Authors:||Brown, Stewart Adam|
|Advisor:||Boda, Mark J.|
|Abstract:||<p>Although David seems to be characterized differently in 1 Samuel 25 than in 1 Samuel 24 and 26, the literary cohesion of these three chapters suggests otherwise. By exploring the parallels in setting, plot, characterization, and style between each chapter this study uncovers a multidimensional characterization of David. Nabal is established as Saul's surrogate and David's men (in 1 Sam 24), Abishai (in 1 Sam 26), and Abigail (in 1 Sam 25) are demonstrated to be David's alter-egos. These paralleled characterizations suggest that as David is with Nabal so he is with Saul and that the interchange between David and his men and David and Abigail externalize polarized qualities within David's character. By exploring the interweaving of narration, setting, plot, characterization, and style in 1 Samuel 24-26 this thesis seeks to demonstrate that both David's restraint and his unrestraint are rooted in his political brilliance and moral deficiency.</p>|
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