[b-hebrew] 1 Sam 1 and 2 -about Samuel or about Saul?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Jan 31 09:12:42 EST 2006


When Samuel was written, there was no written distinction 
between the sin and shin. Therefore, it is just as likely that 
Samuel's name means "God placed him" as any other 
translation that I have heard. It certainly fits the context.

Thus there is no need to postulate a later redaction that 
edited Saul's name out of the text.

Karl W. Randolph.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sesamo m." <sesamox at hotmail.com>
> I remember having read that chapters 1 and 2 of 1 Samuel were originally
> about Saul and later changed to Samuel. The reasons were two:
> First:
> 1 Sam 1:20: "and in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called
> his name Samuel, for she said, "I have asked him of the LORD."
> 1 Sam 1: 28: "Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he
> is lent to the LORD."
> They said "Saul" means "asked (of God)" or "lent (to God)" and so it fits
> well with these verses, while "Samuel" ("name of God") doesn't.
> ...
> Cheers!
> Sergio

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