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This publication, an anthology of formerly released writing approximately Michal including a few new and unique essays, is whatever of an scan. Its objective 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 particularly invitations readers to shape their very own review interactively with those readings of the Michal tale. even as, this publication offers a few systematic information for dealing with those divergent interpretations of the complicated and tantalizing determine of Michal.

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In any case, when David arrives at court with his bloody parcel, there can be no denying that the bride-price has been Michal's love for David' (p. 79 [19]); the motive rather is Saul's plan to be rid of David, and Michal's love for David only happens to be a useful cover-story. Cf. C. Exum, 'Murder They Wrote: Ideology and the Manipulation of Female Presence in Biblical Narrative', p. 182 [50]: 'From Saul's perspective, Michal's love for David may be convenient but otherwise largely gratuitous'.

CLINES • Michal Observed: An Introduction 43 a thoroughly bad man who no longer deserves anything from anyone? And suppose that we regard David as a selfish prig rather than as a man after God's own heart—will we feel quite so certain that Michal does right not to hesitate to side with David against Saul? Or suppose even that we conclude that David's sole motivation throughout the story so far has been to accomplish the demise of Saul's house—for which purpose, we might suppose, he entered the palace and charmed both Jonathan and Michal (not to mention Saul himself)—might we not be tempted to decide that, in enabling David to escape from Saul, Michal makes the biggest mistake of her life?

And in any case, now that both Saul and Jonathan are dead, what future could there be in a Saulide dynasty? And as for herself, is she any worse off being a wife of the king David than being the daughter of the king Saul? The text may not be telling us the whole truth, but underlying dynastic bitterness is not the key. Here is another attempt to bypass the text: 1. 2. White, 'Michal', p. 286 [363]. Hugenberger, 'Michal', pp. 205-206 [348]. 1 That is the entire remark of this writer on the subject.

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