Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Punishment and Forgiveness in the Second Book of Samuel

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Modem literary criticism of 2 Samuel acknowledges three main generic strands: historical writing, wisdom literature, and narrative. The Second Book of Samuel contains a great deal of ancient historical material, often assigned to the Solomonic period. David's loyalty to Saul, shown especially by his refusal to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for Saul's attempts upon his life (cf. 1 Sam 16:1-31:l3), persisted to the last. David was kind and usually left judgment to God when ordinary matters of justice were at stake. David's choice of penitence instead of accession to the demands of the strict law of retribution is suggested not only by reflection on theological principles but also by the situation. It is striking that David was the only one who fully adopted the ultimate rule of the wisdom of patience by placing full reliance upon God's providence.

Keywords: David; God's providence; Saul; Second Book of Samuel



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Reward, Punishment, and Forgiveness — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation