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The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church
Greer, Rowan A. and Margaret M. Mitchell

Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. clvii + 184. $39.95/$155.00

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Description: The story of Saul and the woman at Endor in 1 Samuel 28 (LXX 1 Kingdoms 28) lay at the center of energetic disputes among early Christian authors about the nature and fate of the soul, the source of prophetic gifts, and biblical truth. In addition to providing the original texts and fresh translations of works by Origen, Eustathius of Antioch (not previously translated into English), and six other authors, Greer and Mitchell offer an insightful introduction to and detailed analysis of the rhetorical cast and theological stakes involved in early church debate on this notoriously difficult passage.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by D. Jeffrey Bingham
Published 7/12/2008
Citation: D. Jeffrey Bingham, review of Rowan A. Greer and Margaret M. Mitchell, The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Thomas J. Kraus
Published 2/9/2009
Citation: Thomas J. Kraus, review of Rowan A. Greer and Margaret M. Mitchell, The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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