I Samuel 9:1–14

Saul's Destiny Fulfilled – A Meeting of Parallel Worlds

in European Judaism
Author: Neil Janes1
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  • 1 Leo Baeck College
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In B. Berakhot 48b1 the discussion of the gemara turns to ask why, in I Samuel 9:13, the women, who Saul finds drawing water, give such a long answer to his question. There are three possible answers given, which seem to provide lenses through which we are able to read the narrative of I Samuel 9:1-14. The first answer offered is that, 'women are fond of talking'. This appears to be a most basic reading of the narrative, suggesting that within a given text it is possible to identify essential universal characteristics within the figures of the text.