This is the story in which we hear the interface between Judges, “Everyone did as they saw fit, for there was no king in Israel”, and the story of the Hebrew kingdoms. In these few chapters there is loads of good stuff to notice (for a start try):
- Humour in the Bible: Part 1: Introducing Saul
- Humour in the Bible: Part 2: Still Introducing Saul
- Direct speech in biblical narratives
But this time I’ll restrain myself, and just mention one or two neat narrative details. Instead I’ll talk more about the big theological picture.
Quotation in title from Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (without apologies to Aristophanes)