Jan 28, 2012

Study with Penina - 1 Samuel 16 and 17 - February 1 at 7:30pm - RSVP

Wednesday, February 1, we read 1 Samuel Chapters 16 and 17 in English
In Chapter 16 we at last meet David, soon to be King, a contradictory and complex characater.

"The Bible certainly does not idealize him, but he is all the more appealing for that.  No bit of human hope and despair, bravura and foolishness and bitter melancholy, smoldering hatred and deepest love, is foreign to him."
     --James Kugel

As recent interpreters have pointed out, he is a man whose feelings are often hidden from us, a man who is acclaimed and loved by others (including his readers) but of whom it is never said that he loves anyone...David, as a man who is sincere but hardly a saint, has through the ages provided a powerful model for repentance...He emerges from Samuel as a humble and humbled king, who points the way to the possibilities of genuine change."
     ---Everett Fox

And stay tuned:  in Chapter 18, to be read on February 15, we will meet two of the people who love David, Jonathan and Michal.

Jan 15, 2012

1 Samuel 14:24 - 15:35 : Study with Penina January 18

Wednesday, January 18, we read 1 Samuel Chapters 14:24 -15:35 in English
"The old story of the battle of Michmash Pass and the cursing of Jonathan leaves us in a condition of gloomy uncertainty about Saul.  We do not yet know what is to become of him, but we look ahead to the events to come with little hope for him left."
    ----P. Kyle McCarter, Jr. 

1 Samuel Chapter 15:
22 But Samuel said [to Saul]:
"Does YHWH delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As much as in obedience to the command of YHWH?
Surely, obedience is better than sacrifice,
Compliance than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
Defiance, like the iniquity of teraphim.
Because you rejected
the command of YHWH, [YHWH] has rejected you as king."