See 1 Samuel 1:6,9:19, 25:38; 2 Samuel 6:6; 1 Chronicles 13:10; 2 Chronicles 13:20.
However, one should simply note the consequences which result from David's actions in 2 Samuel 12.
(43.) Iam concerned with 1 Samuel 31 only, and I will not engage Saul's death as portrayed in 2 Samuel 1 here.
(45.) The theological stance taken by Samuel finds a degree of practical confirmation in the words of Israel in 2 Samuel 5:2, and also by the observations noted above concerning the beginning of the physical manifestation of Saul's rejection.
Moreover, 2 Samuel 2:8 makes it obvious that a son of Saul, Ishbaal (reading Ishbaal for MT Ish-bosheth), lives on beyond the deaths of Saul and his other sons.
(52.) 1 Samuel 24:4, 6, 10; 26:9, 11, 23; 2 Samuel 1:14; see also 2 Samuel 19:21.
The Hebrew Bible mentions suicide seven times, committed by a total of five individuals (Abimelech in Judges 9, Saul and his armor bearer in 1 Samuel 31/lChronicles 10, Ahithophel in 2 Samuel 17, and Zimri in 1 Kings 16).
Campbell dates the bulk of the material on David's middle years in 2 Samuel 11-20 to the beginning of the so-called Northern Kingdom of Israel under king Jeroboam in the late tenth century, and thus leaves enough time from David's reign for the story-tellers to have become critical towards this national ideal of Judah (pp.
A second important idea regarding the literary growth of 2 Samuel is Campbell's postulating of a prophetic record spanning from 1 Sam 1:1-1 Kings 11, written by prophetic circles connected to Elisha and building on earlier traditions (e.g., the story of David's rise and the Elijah stories), and concluding by bringing Jehu's coup under the legitimate authority of major prophetic figures (i.e., Samuel in association with Saul and David, Ahijah with Jeroboam, and Elijah with Ahab) (pp.
The author's intimate knowledge of the crucial issues concerning the books of Samuel and scholarly attempts to deal with them may best be observed in the sections labelled "discussions." These make the commentary a most helpful guide through the current scholarly debate on 2 Samuel.
If one supposes, as does Campbell, that most of the material of 2 Samuel stems from the Davidic kingdom, this should, to my mind, lead to a different conclusion.