"Is God Moral? On the Saul Narratives as Tragedy"

By Peter J. Williams, in R.P. Gordon, ed., The God of Israel: Studies of an Inimitable Deity (CUP, forthcoming).

This examines recent approaches, especially those of Gunn, Humphreys and Exum, claiming that the Saul narratives are tragic. It is found that when the textual clues of the narratives are considered carefully there is significant evidence against a tragic reading. Tragic readings can only be achieved by ignoring significant elements within the narratives.

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