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This booklet bargains a scientific and accomplished assessment of the basic literary features of biblical narrative, investigating the features and issues of view of the narrator, the shaping of characters, the constitution of the plot, time and house, and at last the fashion. Many examples are supplied to explain the problems mentioned in addition to to shed clean mild at the narratives.

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The second one, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, is understood to us simply because Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, stayed with him prior to being invited to come back to Jerusalem and consume at David's desk as one of many king's sons (9. 4-5). The 3rd, Barzilai the Gileadite from Rogelim is outwardly regarding Saul through marriage (on the idea that Adriel the son of Barzilai the Meholathite, who's pointed out in 1 Sam. 18. 19, and in 2 Sam. 21. eight, and who married Merab, Saul's daughter, is the son of this related Barzilai; this can be a average assumption as the city of Mehola, or Abel Mehola, 4. Time and area 193 Adriel's native land, used to be potentially at the east financial institution of the Jordan, within the land of Gilead). 7 it truly is remarkable that those humans, who're affiliated to the royal homes of Saul and the Ammonites, welcome David warmly and expand him useful reduction. The record of the foodstuff and chattels they convey David (17. 28-29), which include not less than 13 goods, emphasizes and substantiates their pleasant angle. it can be claimed they had develop into David's consumers and have been for that reason obliged to assist him, however the undeniable fact that males in their excessive status did really expand their reduction, and on their lonesome initiative, proves that they believed in David and his rule and have been ready to help him. hence, during this topic, too, David's ascent in the narrative is obvious. opposite to expectancies, David has unswerving allies not just in Bahurim but in addition east of the Jordan. At Bahurim the help used to be indirect and hid, while at Mahanaim it truly is direct and overt. it truly is, for that reason, with strong cause that the narrator specifies the names and origins of the 3 dignitaries from the land east of the Jordan. The woodland of Ephraim can be pointed out within the narrative of Absalom's insurrection, being where the place the an important conflict among the armies of David and Absalom happens (18. 6). the positioning is famous the following to give an explanation for the defeat of the bigger army—Hushai had in the end prompt Absalom to assemble a military which was once as huge because the sand upon the shore—by the smaller one belonging to David, and to characteristic it to the stipulations of the terrain. The quantitative distinction among the 2 armies is implied initially of v. 7: 'And the folks of Israel have been defeated there through the servants of David', specifically, humans opposed to servants, the various opposed to the dependable and committed few, volume opposed to caliber. The topographical stipulations of the woodland annul the benefit of numbers, even turning it right into a drawback. The narrator tells us: 'and the slaughter there has been nice on that day, twenty thousand males' (v. 7), including in clarification of this 'great slaughter': 'The conflict unfold over the face of all of the state; and the woodland wolfed extra people who day than the sword' (v. 8). 'Devoured extra humans' refers to Absalom's military, which used to be precise 'people', and never to the servants of David. 7. N. Glueck, "Three Israelite cities within the Jordan Valley—Zarethan, Succoth, Zaphon', BASOR ninety (1943); idem, 'Some historical cities within the Plains of Moab', BASOR ninety one (1943).

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