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#34. David the Philistine

The Women of Ziklag Taken into Captivity, James Tissot, 1896-1902.

With his options quickly running out, David decides that it isn't enough to be a criminal — he must also join the Philistines. Meanwhile, King Saul is so uncertain about his future that he resorts to necromancy, raising Samuel's spirit to ask for advice. In the end, Saul is killed in battle entirely without David's involvement, a suspicious turn of events to say the least. Join the Third Hour Podcast as we discuss the etymology of "spirit," the welcome circumstances of David's enemies being swept from the field, and what the author of the Book of Samuel might be trying to say about these complicated characters.

Read along in 1 Samuel 27 - 2 Samuel 1.

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