I was gone (w/o access to a computer) for about 10 days, so I need to get caught up again on my flyers. Nevertheless here's this week's (above).
Since some of my academic background is in (and I teach to freshmen a bit of) literary analysis, I am really enjoying reading some of these interpretations of the Saul and David narratives. I even did a decent paper in college on the story of David as a comedy (in Northrop Frye's literary version of the term, not the same as a "comical story"), even though most critics refer to it as a tragedy.
Some sources that I found extremely interesting and may weave into the lesson:
- Ackerman, James A. Review of
The Fate of King Saul: An Interpretation of a Biblical Storyby David M. Gunn. Journal of Biblical Literature 2002, 438-439.
- Anderson, William H. U. "David as a Biblical "Goodfella" and "The Godfather": Cultural-Social Analogies with Monarchy and La Cosa Nostra." Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 18.1 (2004): 60-76.
- Cargill, Jack. "David in History: A Secular Approach." Judaism (2001): 211-222.
- George, Mark K. “Yhwh’s Own Heart.”
Catholic Bible Quarterly64 (2002): 442-450.
- George, Mark K. "Constructing Identity in 1 Samuel 17."
Biblical Interpretation7.4 (1999): 389-412.
- Rudman, D. "Commissioning Stories of Saul and David as Theological Allegory."
Vetus Testamentum50.4 (2000): 519-530.
- van Praag, Herman M. "Downfall of King Saul: The Neurobiological Consequences of Losing Hope."
- Yadin, Azzan, "Goliath's Armor and Israelite Collective Memory."
Vetus Testamentum54.3 (2004): 373-395.