By Aryeh Cohen (ed.), Shaul Magid (ed.)
Representing the spectrum of subfields inside of Jewish experiences, the contributing students to this quantity use "beginnings" as a hermeneutic stance to investigate texts of their region. whereas each one essay is an important contribution to its personal subfield—Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, sleek Jewish inspiration, Feminist and Cultural Studies—the essays taken as a complete current new chances for exploring the distance that's Jewish reviews and starting an inquiry into what could represent a definable hermeneutics of Jewish texts.
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Long before he appears on the scene in 1 Samuel 9, Saul already has been given the same now-you-see-him-now-you-don’t quality that belongs to his kingship as seen by the Deuteronomistic historian of the Israelite monarchy. The usurpation of the story of Saul’s miraculous birth by Samuel foreshadows the usurpation of his throne by David. Second, Samuel too, from his very birth, is haunted by the ghostly presence of Saul. True, despite the promise of an eternal dynasty to Eli (1 Sam 2:30), Samuel will supplant his sons in the Israelite leadership.
To be sure, the scene could have been shown to a human being through prophecy, but in this case we would expect some introductory words to serve as a form of authentication: The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he envisioned about Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. (Isa 1:1) The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, who had the word of the LORD in the days of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
The physical center of a bound, one-volume Hebrew Bible is more likely to be close to the beginning of the book of Isaiah, not that of 1 Samuel. In one sense, Isaiah also lies in the conceptual center of the Bible, equidistant from the Torah and the Writings, and marking, and in the person of the prophet himself, even straddling, the boundary between the Former and the Latter Prophets. ) Moreover, the beginning of Isaiah has long been the subject of discussion. 20 Indeed, where in the hands of another author delaying the apparent beginning of the book might be a matter of careful structural design, there is no apparent narrative structure in the book of Isaiah.