[b-hebrew] And Samuel turned back after Saul: the meaning of 1 Samuel 15:31

James Read J.Read-2 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Wed Jul 29 08:13:01 EDT 2009


Quoting George Athas <George.Athas at moore.edu.au>:

> James,
> Thanks for bringing the evidence of the translations to bear upon   
> this question.

No worries. That's what I'm here for.

> However, I believe it is unfair to second guess  Alter's motivations  
> for his reading,

There really is no need to second guess. His words in the quotation in  
question make it quite clear that his agenda is to show that Samuel  
the prophet didn't follow Saul.

> and not really appropriate here.

Apologies if this wasn't appropriate. Jay asked why Alter chose such a  
reading. Alter has provided no linguistic evidence. Just his  
interpretation and his line of reasoning that Samuel wouldn't have  
gone back with Saul. As I don't see Alter here defending his extremely  
weak position I attempted to answer Jay's question from Alter's own  

If Alter has a good defense and does not consider himself above  
participating in discussions on this list I would more than welcome  
his response.

James Christian

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