Could Saul Rule Forever? A New Look at 1 Samuel 13:13–14

Michael Avioz


This article reconsiders the pericope in 1 Samuel
13:13-14, in which Samuel told Saul that had he been obedient to him, he and his
dynasty would have ruled forever. These words are traditionally considered by
scholars and interpreters as a later addition or as Samuel’s own interpretation
of God’s oracles. I contest these views on the basis of historical and
exegetical arguments.

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