What's going on with King Saul, and what's going on with the text of the book(s) of Samuel? And could Isaiah be any more inspiring, or any more foundational for the message of Revelation? (TL;DL: nobody knows, weird stuff, no, and no, respectively.)

Bit of a textual geek-out in 1 Samuel this week, as we dive into Saul's narrative and look at how hilariously broken the Masoretic Text of 1 Samuel can be. Also introducing: Third Isaiah. I reminisce over the last few weeks in the prophecy of Isaiah, and look at how the story (and theology) of Israel moves on in the Persian era.

Finally, the denouement of Revelation as we reach the resolution of its apocalypse. We consider how quintessentially Hebrew the basic narrative is, looking especially at where this Christian view of God's appearance in the world ultimately diverges from the Hebrew prophetic narrative.

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Driver, S. L. (1913). Notes on the Hebrew Text and the Topography of the Books of Samuel. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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Goldingay, John (2001). Isaiah, Understanding The Bible Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
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