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.  http://etzion.org.il/en/19-chapter-11-part-i-war-against-ammon
  • 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

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