1 Samuel 25 seems to be very important

Tue, 15/09/2009 - 09:48 -- James Oakley

I think this has struck me before. Re-reading 1 Samuel, we find that:

Now: I know …: Chiasms are a little like white elephants, and if you're not careful you start to see them everywhere.

But, it does seem that chapter 25 is a key chapter, making those two events (the death of Samuel, and the death of Nabal) key events in the episode that is David's flight from Saul. They may offer a clue as to the purpose of the lengthy record we have of that period of David's life. The question is: What clue? Comments please!

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Samuel Bostock's picture

I like the chiasm. I guess Nabal is a Saul-type figure (moody). So we see the conclusion to the story in the middle of the story. Nabal dead, David gets his wife. Saul ends up dead, David gets his daughter. And God's control is emphasised (Nabal suddenly dying) in contrast to David's activism in the surrounding passages - God is in control of the fate of his hero-king. Probably lots more that could be said, but is that on the right lines?

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