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Samuel
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The biblical picture of Samuel (Heb. לאֵוּמשְׁ/šĕmû’ēl), a figure at the transition from premonarchic Israel (II, 1) to the monarchy, is extremely complex. In the relatively earliest source, 1 Samuel, and then afterwards he fills an extraordinary spectrum of roles: priest (1 Sam 2f.; 7:9; cf. his Levitical descent in 1 Chr 6:12, 18 [Eng. 6:27, 33]), prophet (Prophets and Prophecy: II; 1 Sam 3:20; 9:1–10:16; 19:18–24; 28; Jer 15:1; Ps 99:6; Sir 46:15, 20; Acts 3:24), judge (Judges of Isr…

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Dietrich, Walter, “Samuel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025192>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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