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There is a scholarly tendency to regard the stories of the commissioning of Saul David as simply as folk traditions concerning Israel's first two kings. This article that by concentrating on the fairytale elements of these narratives, scholars overlooked the allegorical function of Saul and David's occupations as reflections the perceived situation between Yahweh and his people, and on the different purposes for which Saul and David were commissioned. Just as Saul is sent in search of father's wandering donkeys, so he is intended as the one who will return a wandering Israel to Yahweh. Just as David cares for his father's sheep, protecting them predators, so he is commissioned as the one who will protect Yahweh's people the surrounding nations. Each story is carefully crafted for its context and serves distinct literary-theological purpose.


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