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King Saul: The True History of the First Messiah
Green, Adam

Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2007 pp. 239. $37.50



Description: 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, Adam 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, significantly distorting 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. a fresh analysis of a maligned figure and a comprehensive guide to the First Book of Samuel, Greenís interpretation returns Saul to his rightful place as the one genuine Messiah.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Published 8/16/2009
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Adam Green, King Saul: The True History of the First Messiah, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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