Sefer Shmuel w/ Rav Blau Chapter 11: The War with Amon

  • Why does Nachash agree to give the people of Yavesh Gilad a week to ask for help?   Two possibilities appear in the commentaries.

רלב”ג שמואל א פרק יא פסוק ג   והנה הסכים בזה נחש כי דעתו היה להלחם עם ישראל ולקחת את ארצם אם יוכל

מצודת דוד שמואל א פרק יא פסוק ג     הכוונה בזה לחרף כל ישראל הנה ראוי להודי עם ואם לא יושיענו אז יחשב לחרפה

  • Shaul divides up cattle and sends the pieces to all of the tribes. Which story in sefer Shoftim is this reminiscent of?  See Shoftim 19:29.  Note also the prominence of the inhabitants of Yavesh Gilad in that story (Shoftim 21:8-12).   Our story seems to be the tikkun, the rectification, of the problems of the pilegesh bi’givah   R. Bazak presents more literary parallels between the two stories.
  • Why is there a need to crown Shaul again (pesukim 14-15) after he was already crowned in the previous chapter (10:24)?

רש”י שמואל א פרק יא פסוק יד    לפי שבראשונה היו עוררים על הדבר ועתה נתרצו כולם

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s