A thorough re-examination of the First Book of Samuel and its treatment of Saul, showing that Saul's central role in the development of the kingdom of Israel has been misunderstood by generations of scholars. Spurred on by a childhood fascination with the Tanakh, which brought to his attention the discrepancy between the English rendering of Samuel 21:19 and the original Hebrew, Green builds upon recent research to show that later authors revised 1 Samuel with the specific intention of defaming Saul. In the process, these revisionist authors glorified the character of David, and have significantly distorted the true nature of events. Green systematically works through the Biblical text, highlighting its illogical chronology, and drawing attention to apocryphal incidents, before reconstructing a more plausible sequence for the story. Both a fresh analysis of a maligned figure and a comprehensive guide to the First Book of Samuel, Green's interpretation returns Saul to his rightful place as the first "Lord's Anointed", true King and one genuine messiah of all Israel.
After graduating in fine art at St. Martin's School of Art, Green enjoyed a regular run of exhibitions abroad and in the UK before embarking on a successful career in commercial illustration. He has contributed to the Jewish Chronicle, the Royal Geographical Society Magazine and The Jews College Magazine. He spent two years in Israel but now divides his time between London and his small fruit farm in southern Spain where as well as writing and painting he makes traditional Malaga wine. His first novel, 'The Sons of Kohath' was published in 2014.
true King and one genuine messiah of all Israel.,Illustrations and Maps Preface Acknowledgements Glossary Key to Abbreviations Dramatis Personae Introduction 1. Samuel: The Final Days of the Israelite Theocracy 2. Saul: The Prince of Israel 3. Saul: 'The Hand of the Lord' 4. King Saul: A Nation is Born 5. King Saul the Saviour: The United Monarchy 6. David: The Terrible Price of Unity 7. David: 'Enemy of the State' 8. David: The 'Servant' of the Philistines 9. 'How' the Mighty Fell: The Death of Saul 10. 'To the Victor . . .': King David List of Conclusions Timelines: Comparative Orthodox and Revised Chronology The Hypothetical Book of Saul Afterword Appendices: A. Who Wrote Samuel? B. Psalms of David? C. Heterodoxy v. Orthodoxy D. Methodology Notes Bibliography Index,