The canonical shaping of the book of Samuel and its interpretation for the Korean context
Date de publication2006
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The discussion about the book of Samuel is very complicated. The diachronic methods of historical criticism have called attention to different sources (pro vs. anti monarchical) in 1 Samuel 7-15 and to discontinuity o f 2 Samuel (2Sa. 21-24) in the "Succession Nanative" (2Sa. 9-1 Ki 1-2). These methods have provided useful insights in interpreting this book. However, an alternative point of view that sees this whole book as canon is required. At this point it is worth noting that the canonical perspective, which seeks to explore the canonical shaping of the whole corpus, includes all previous diachronic methods.
This thesis will examme the book of Samuel from the canonical perspective. Although the insights of the diachronic methods of historical criticism will be accepted, the key sections of the canonical shaping used by the final editor — a huge inclusio of two pericopes of songs (Hannah's prayer and David's psalms) and the central core of the whole corpus (the description of the Davidic covenant) — will be investigated. The relevance of a biblical interpretation will not only lead to think back on the history of the Korean Church but will also suggest some thoughts applicable for the future hope of the Korean Church.