1 Samuel 13–14: On Israel’s Military-Industrial Complex, Saul’s Hoarding of AK-47s, and Jonathan’s Holy Heroics (Ep. 88)
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex, Jim and Sam talk about 1 Samuel 13–14.
1:16 / What did Samuel say in his farewell speech to his countrymen?
3:30 / How prepared are the Philistines to retaliate against Saul? (13:5)
4:25 / Why does the author of 1 Samuel go into so much detail about where Israel hides from the Philistines? (13:6)
6:19 / What mistake does Saul make that begins his downfall?
10:08 / How does Samuel dismiss Saul’s excuses? (13:13–15)
12:14 / Why is there an update on the blacksmith economy in Israel? (13:19–23)
16:01 / How does Saul contrast with Jonathan?
21:09 / Jim explains the Hebrew wordplay behind Jonathan saying, “Behold, we will cross over” (14:8).
23:26 / Where does Sam see a forecast of resurrection in this passage?
25:03 / What happens when the setting changes after Jonathan strikes? (14:16–23)
29:17 / What does Saul do that’s so Jephthah-like?—and like someone else? (14:24)
34:53 / What problems does Saul’s rash vow create, and how are they resolved? (14:31–46)
40:56 / Why does 1 Samuel 14 end with an (ironic) summary of Saul’s military accomplishments?
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Graphic: Marionette: “King Saul,” Elmer Weisec. (1937)