Column: As It Is Written . . .
King David & the Amalekite
by Patrick Henry Reardon
When—apparently in the third century before Christ—the Sefer Shemuel was divided into First and Second Samuel, its editors found a more-than-satisfactory division point at the death of Saul.
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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).
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