1 Samuel 1:1–2:11: On the Rosetta Stone, Flat-Earthers’ Prooftext, and a Repetitious Swirl of Genesis and Judges (Bible Talk, Ep. 83)
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In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim and Sam about the strange opening of 1 Samuel.
1:48 / Who wrote 1–2 Samuel, and when?
2:57 / What’s the structure of 1–2 Samuel as a book, if there is a clear one?
5:20 / What’s the melodic line of 1–2 Samuel?
9:49 / How should we take Elkanah’s first questions to Hannah? (1:8)
11:20 / The strangeness of 1 Samuel’s opening
15:20 / What’s the worship like in Israel to start the book? What’s in Shiloh?
19:17 / What’s the point of all the repetition from Genesis and Judges?
21:26 / Hannah’s not drunk, Eli.
24:16 / Jim and Sam commentate on Hannah’s prayer for the rest of the episode (2:1–10).
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Graphic: Hannah, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1877)