Old Testament Essays
On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919
MICHAEL, Matthew. Saul's prophetic representations and its parody in 1 Samuel. Old testam. essays [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.1, pp.111-136. ISSN 2312-3621.
The paper engages the intrigue of Saul's description as a "prophetic figure" in the beginning of 1 Samuel and his description as the "patron" of witchcraft at Endor. In these conflicting representations of Saul, one of the hidden agenda of the narrator of Samuel is clearly achieved because he has successfully transformed a prophetic tradition which appears originally to attribute prophetic feats to the first Israelite king, and creatively turned the same tradition against itself by amusingly portraying the same character as the practitioner of witchcraft. Consequently, through the technique of parody, the original prophetic figure Saul is humorously no longer among the prophets, but now in consultation of a witch. In the continuum of ancient guidance, Saul's parody has come full circle because he is tragically moved from prophecy to divination/witchcraft.