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The Bible as Literature.

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Michelle Wendt Question 1.A. for Exam #2 Professor Fred Mench The Bible as Literature 5/8/07 Saul is a reluctant hero, He hides among the baggage and protests that he is of no consequence. He does not retain his modesty throughout his rein however. Later on, he thinks so much of himself that he cannot bear his people to revere David's conquests over his own. He is a classic tragic figure. He has everything and loses it through his own stupidity. As a person of large stature, he stood far above his people, but he thought small. He gained initial success at the siege of Jabesh-Gilead, but wastes that achievement with his next endeavor. Saul is disobedient and does not follow instructions very well. He did not wait for Samuel for the full seven days. Because he practiced sacrifice without being a priest, he stood to lose the support of Samuel and God. ...read more.

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His personal conduct throughout his story is shameful. He is a warrior, not a king, and cannot govern his own actions. What is ironic is that he sins much less than David but never admits his guilt freely. David has so many personas it is difficult to keep up. He is a shepherd and a hero, a servant and a king, a warrior, and a target for jealousy. He is a man capable of love and murder, sin and repentance. He is the most contrary of figures and perhaps that is why he was chosen to be the greatest king. God did not want a king for his people, because he thought that a king would come between them and he. Saul, as first king, suffered God's initial wrath, but by the time David was in power, God had bowed to the will of the people and made concessions. ...read more.

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He commits adultery, orders the death of Uriah, and lets his own children down. He openly weeps about the death of his son Absalom, who tried to take over his throne. He did not punish Amnon for raping his sister, Tamar, and he allows his many sons to fight over his throne. He confesses his sins and repents truly and that is David's redeeming quality. He never made the same mistake twice while Saul just kept committing the sin of disobedience. Saul never repented; he just blamed everyone else for his shortcomings, while David practiced self-examination ands tried to learn from his mistakes. By now, we know that God always punishes people differently than we may expect. While David sinned more than Saul, God forgave David more because he truly cared about his relationship with God. Saul appeared to care about no one but himself. David's rise to power is in total discord to God's earlier wishes that the Israelites have no king, but it appears that God can grow and change just as David did. 1 ...read more.

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