Abstract

The present study is a theological exegesis of Saul's rejection in light of the Shema (Deut 6:4–9) as the rule of faith. The Shema has already occupied a central place in the mind of any Jewish and Christian interpreter, so that it can be considered a legitimate prejudgment (Vorurteil) in Gadamer's hermeneutical framework. This proposal is also consistent with the thesis of a Deuteronomistic History, where many traditions in different pre-Deuteronomistic strata have been read within the frame of reference of the Deuteronomistic History other than that envisaged by their original authors in the Deuteronomistic recontextualization. This study suggests that a "fusion-point" interpretation of Saul's rejection by using the Shema as prejudgment can create a frame of reference rich enough to appreciate the relational dynamics between Saul, Samuel, and God, without lapsing into moralism and wooden calculation.

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