“I Have Chosen David”

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

The people of Israel were ambivalent about a monarchy in Israel. Some people favored it and some opposed it. In the beginning, Samuel was against the establishment of the monarchy. This is the reason Samuel was displeased when the people came to him and said, “Give us a king to govern us” (1 Samuel 8:6). Samuel acquiesced when the Lord himself told him to give the people what they wanted.

Saul’s Kingship

Kingship in Israel was seen as a rejection of Yahweh as king. 1 Samuel 8:10-18 reflects the strong opposition that existed in Israel against kingship and the way the king would rule over the people. In this text, Samuel tells the people of the oppressive ways the king would treat them. By becoming like the nations (1 Samuel 8:5), the people were allowing the king to centralize power and deprive them of some of their freedom. In a…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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