Rewriting David and Goliath?

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The well-known debate about the different versions of the story of David and Goliath has mainly revolved around the question which one, the shorter version of the Septuagint or the longer one of the Masoretic Text, should be considered to be the more original. The view that preference should be given to the shorter form is gradually gaining ground, and that is also the starting point for my presentation. The question I would like to address is: What is the origin of the expansions of the MT? It has been suggested that they would have been part of an alternative story that circulated separately from the story in the First Book of Samuel (e.g. J. Lust). Another theory was proposed by A.G. Auld, together with C.Y.S. Ho, suggesting that the expansions were developed on the basis of the stories of Saul with the purpose of demonstrating how much more glorious David
was than Saul. Auld and Ho maintain that there never existed an alternative story, and so far I agree with them. However, I would like to develop a more plausible explanation of the motives and editorial techniques behind the expansions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Scribal Error to Rewriting : How Ancient Texts Could and Could Not Be Changed
EditorsAnneli Aejmelaeus, Drew Longacre, Natia Mirotadze
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationGöttingen
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-525-52209-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-647-52209-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameDe Septuaginta Investigationes
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISSN (Print)2198-1140

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology

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