One has to look no further than 2 Samuel 24:1, where the Lord, angry at Israel (not David), incites David to conduct a census.
At this point the diagnostic features of 2 Samuel 24 and Saul's status as the Lord's anointed must be stressed.
It also lacked almost all of 2 Samuel (2 Samuel 1-4; 9; 11:2-12:25; 13-20; 21:1-17; 22; 23:1-7).
The original draft of Samuel was supplemented in his view in two stages: First, in what roughly corresponds to 1 Samuel 9-30, the rise and demise of Saul and the rise of David, and in almost all of 2 Samuel, the tales or David's reign (e.g., the incident with Mephibosheth, David and Bathsheba, Absalom, etc.); Second, in what roughly corresponds to 1 Samuel 1-8, the story of Samuel, and also additional materials about the Saul-David rivalry in 1 Samuel 15; 19:20-24; 20; 25-30; and in 2 Samuel 1-4 (the rival kingship of Ishbosheth), 20.
Campbell's long-standing and meticulous study of the material derives from a profound knowledge of his topic and leads him to three basic distinctions concerning 2 Samuel.
The first is his hypothesis on the sources of 2 Samuel. He has reexamined L.
women" (2 Samuel
1:26) Sula Peace represents a radical kind of love, her characterization combines Old Testament warrior/kings with the New Testament Prince of Peace.
I look forward to the publication of 2 Samuel
by the same author.
4QSam, containing parts of 1 and 2 Samuel
, is one of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls since its readings that differ from the Masoretic Text are often supported by the Old Greek Septuagint, made in the second century B.C.E., or by proto-Lucianic Greek readings, generally thought to come from the first century B.C.E.