By David J. Clines, Tamara Cohn Eskenazi

This publication, an anthology of formerly released writing approximately Michal including a few new and unique essays, is whatever of an test. Its goal is to supply reders with uncooked fabrics for constructing their very own examining of the Michal tale. It doesn't supply a unified portrait of this biblical personality, yet fairly invitations readers to shape their very own evaluation interactively with those readings of the Michal tale. while, this publication provides a few systematic advice for dealing with those divergent interpretations of the complicated and tantalizing determine of Michal.

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Perhaps the real-life Saul 'shrank' from quite a few things which we are not told of in the text; but we can know nothing of the real-life Saul, only of the character Saul in the narrator's text. No more can we feel comfortable with the idea that Saul is reluctant to make David his son-in-law. For the text clearly says that Saul offers Merab to David in order that David will go off to fight Philistines and get himself killed. Saul is not 'reluctant' to have David marry Merab; rather, he intends that David should not marry Merab.

Secondly, we know, as second-time readers, that the next time Michal's feelings for David are expressed it will be said that she 'despised' him (2 Sam. 16). Does this mean that she no longer loves him? And if so, when has this happened? Has it anything to do with Paltiel? The existence of two (apparently) contradictory statements about Michal's attitude to David, 'she loved him' and 'she despised him', requires us as interpreters to do some bridge work between the two. Thirdly, when Michal is taken from Paltiel, although not a word is said about her feelings, Paltiel's feelings are very vividly depicted: 'But her husband went with her, weeping after her all the way to Bahurim.

205 [348]. 2. A. Clines, 'The Story of Michal, Wife of David, in its Sequential Unfolding', pp. 131-32 below. The reader is invited to consider whether the fifth line of this quotation enshrines a male point of view, and, if so, whether the interpreter has managed to convey it as the narrator's point of view rather than his own. CLINES • Michal Observed: An Introduction 47 7. What does Michal feel about her husband Paltiel? We had better be clear at the outset that the biblical text is wholly reticent on the subject of Michal's feelings about her second marriage, to Paltiel (the short form of the name, Palti, is used in 1 Sam.

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