In this book, Graeme Auld brings together his work relating to Samuel and the Former Prophets in an invaluable single volume. Including 'Prophets through the Looking Glass', which has been described as marking a paradigm shift in our thinking about the Bible's 'writing prophets', and which led the author to equally novel proposals about biblical narrative, the first part of this volume traces the route through the looking glass to his radical argument in Kings without Privilege (1994). The apparently straightforward, but actually controversial, claim is defended that the main source of the biblical books of Samuel-Kings and of Chronicles was simply the material common to both. The major portion of this volume of collected papers explores some of the fresh perspectives opened for reading the present books of Samuel, the books from Joshua to Kings as a whole, and the Pentateuch.

part I|1 pages


chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|16 pages

The Former Prophets

part II|1 pages

Looking through the Glass

chapter 4|18 pages

Prophets through the Looking Glass

between Writings and Moses

chapter 5|8 pages


Hacking at the Heart of the Old Testament

chapter 7|16 pages

The Making of David and Goliath

chapter 8|12 pages

Solomon at Gibeon

History Glimpsed

chapter 9|10 pages

Vision of a New Future?

chapter 10|8 pages

Solomon and the Deuteronomists

chapter 11|8 pages

Prophets Shared – but Recycled

part III|1 pages

A Further View

chapter 14|8 pages

Re-reading Samuel (Historically)

‘Etwas mehr Nichtwissen’

chapter 15|12 pages

History – Interpretation – Theology

Issues in Biblical Religion

chapter 16|12 pages

From King to Prophet in Samuel and Kings

chapter 20|12 pages

Tamar between David, Judah and Joseph

chapter 21|8 pages

Leviticus at the Heart of the Pentateuch?

chapter 22|10 pages


After Exodus and Before Numbers

chapter 23|12 pages

Samuel, Numbers and the Yahwist-Question