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Re: Who killed Goliath--David or Elhanan???
you know that the question: why would somebody in ancient times is
stricly not a legal one: we cannot predict what people might or might
not have done. The only answer to it is that you thik that an anthor
would not have done this or that.
Otherwise, did you read my quotation marks? there is some fiddling
around with names for the so-called early period of the monarchy.
Remember a note by - was it Holladay - back in JBL in 1948 (or so do
I believe) about the Edomite kinglist (Gen 36:36ff), where you have
this sequence: Samla, Shaul and Ba'al-Hanan. He combined with the
biblical names of Saul, David and Solomon, and notes that they seemed
very much the same, so that Ba'al-Hanan was the same as Elhanan, and
the place in the list showed this Elhanan to be another name for a
king = David. Now he speculated about history. We do the same about
literary motives and traditions. It may be such divergencies and
similarities which show us how traditions were collected and edited -
even discussed - in the period both of us like to see as the
background of these narratives.
Niels Peter Lemche
Dep. Biblical Studies
University of Copenhagen
Phone: 45 49 13 81 24
Fax: 45 49 13 81 28