Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Shmuel, Saul, Moshe and Sinai - intriguing similarities - any ideas?

My son Alex sent me the following email. I thought that it was quite intriguing and decided to put it out for discussion. I have not checked the verses inside and will do so overnight. In the meantime how about some input from readers.

Check out Perakim 9 -11 in Shmuel 1

The first passuk introducing Saul is extremely similar to the intro of Mordechai in Megilat Esther.
א וַיְהִי-אִישׁ מבן ימין (מִבִּנְיָמִין), וּשְׁמוֹ קִישׁ בֶּן-אֲבִיאֵל בֶּן-צְרוֹר בֶּן-בְּכוֹרַת בֶּן-אֲפִיחַ--בֶּן-אִישׁ יְמִינִי: גִּבּוֹר, חָיִל.
1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valour.

ה אִישׁ יְהוּדִי, הָיָה בְּשׁוּשַׁן הַבִּירָה; וּשְׁמוֹ מָרְדֳּכַי, בֶּן יָאִיר בֶּן-שִׁמְעִי בֶּן-קִישׁ--אִישׁ יְמִינִי.
5 There was a certain Jew in Shushan the castle, whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair the son of Shimei the son of Kish, a Benjamite,

Similarities between Moshe, mount Sinai and Saul

1-Saul's father loses donkeys and Saul finds the donkeys through Shmuel (Mal’ach Elohim - Navi) while Moshe tending his sheep finds G-D in a vision of the burning bush

2-On the way to finding Shmuel they run into young maidens that are going to draw water. The story of Moshe and the daughters of Yissro are similar
יא הֵמָּה, עֹלִים בְּמַעֲלֵה הָעִיר, וְהֵמָּה מָצְאוּ נְעָרוֹת, יֹצְאוֹת לִשְׁאֹב מָיִם; וַיֹּאמְרוּ לָהֶן, הֲיֵשׁ בָּזֶה הָרֹאֶה.
11 As they went up the ascent to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them: 'Is the seer here?'

3-Saul goes up onto to the high place with Shmuel to partake in the sacrifice (Shmuel delivers from the high place a king) .Moshe goes up on Har Sinai and delivers the Torah to the Jews.

4-Moshe tells pharaoh that he wants to take the Jews for a three-day journey to worship G-D. Shmuel tells Saul that his Donkeys are three days distance from where he is.

5-Saul meets prophets and prophesies. The Jewish people prophesy at Har Sinai.

6-Shmuel in Perek 10 passuk 19 is upset at the Jewish people for deserting G-D and wanting a physical king. Moshe when confronted with the golden calf reacts similarly. Also look at passuk 27 where it mentions Bnei blial are they the equivalent to the Erev Rav of Moshe?

כו וְגַם-שָׁאוּל--הָלַךְ לְבֵיתוֹ, גִּבְעָתָה; וַיֵּלְכוּ עִמּוֹ--הַחַיִל, אֲשֶׁר-נָגַע אֱלֹהִים בְּלִבָּם.
26 And Saul also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him the men of valour, whose hearts God had touched.
כז וּבְנֵי בְלִיַּעַל אָמְרוּ, מַה-יֹּשִׁעֵנוּ זֶה, וַיִּבְזֻהוּ, וְלֹא-הֵבִיאוּ לוֹ מִנְחָה; וַיְהִי, כְּמַחֲרִישׁ. {פ}
27 But certain base fellows said: 'How shall this man save us?' And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he was as one that held his peace. {P}

7-King Saul kingship is eventually shattered .Moshe shatters the first tablets.

8-King David is appointed king without the ritual of prophecy while Saul is. (See Shmuel chapter 10). The second tablets are written by Moshe without the Jewish people receiving prophecy again.

9-Moshe dies after his mission is completed. Shmuel dies after his mission of anointing King David is completed.

10-Moshe's adversary was Korach. Shmuel was a descendant of Korach.

There are countless other similarities in the book of Shmuel but I would like to stop at ten so it can be similar to the tests of Abraham, the 10 plagues of Egypt and the 10 trials that took place in the desert-Alex

Any thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. excellent post gramps!! By the way it was when daddy was learning with me that Daddy thought of this