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Literary Analysis of 1 Samuel 25

Literary Analysis of 1 Samuel 25

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Literary Analysis of 1 Samuel 25 submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for OBST 591 at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Literary Analysis of 1 Samuel 25 submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for OBST 591 at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

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LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY1 Samuel 25A Literary Analysis Submitted toDr. Brian K. Lester in partial fulfillment of the requirementsfor completion of the course,OBST 591-D05Old Testament Orientation IBy Neal PriceStudent ID - L23200213Lynchburg, VirginiaAugust 14, 2011
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION
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LITERARY DEVICES
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INERPRETIVE ISSUES
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 APPLICATION
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CONCLUSION
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INTRODUCTIONThe writers of Scripture used many different tools with which to communicate theWord of the Lord. In the case of narratives, scholars have found many literary devices that thewriters used. It is important for the student of the Scripture to analyze these narratives todiscover truths from the Word so that the application of the passage may be revealed. Thewriters of the Old Testament were master storytellers and used these tools to aid incomprehension and understanding. The writer of First and Second Samuel told the stories of Samuel, Saul, and David with great eloquence and intrigue. One such story that stands out in thenarration is the encounter with David, Nabal, and Abigail. The narrator of the story used theseliterary devices, created interest in interpretation, and left the modern-day readers withapplication for their daily lives.LITERARY DEVICESThe story of David¶s encounter with Nabal and the meeting of his third wife, Abigail, istold in 1 Samuel 25:1-44. The narrator of the story sets the scene quite well. We know that thisis shortly after the death, burial, and mourning period for the great prophet Samuel (v. 1). It isalso chronologically after David¶s encounter with Saul at the cave at En Gedi (ch. 24). Theaction of the story begins as David made his way to the wilderness of Paran with his men. Nabalwas in Carmel at the time shearing his sheep, so the center of the action is in Carmel on the dayof a feast (v. 5, 8).The characters in this story are central to the plot. David and Abigail would beconsidered as round characters, whereas Nabal would be a flat character. In the characterizationof Abigail and Nabal, we see a striking comparison and contrast found in verse 3. Abigail is

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