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So what do we make of these other interpretations that spread the guilt elsewhere? If nothing else, they rightly indicate that the sequence of events is more morally complex than meets the eye: The priests at Nob are not just any priests. They are, in fact, direct descendants of Eli: Ahimelech is the son of Ahitub 1 Sam They possess the linen ephod 1 Sam These were no ordinary priests. Therein lies our first major surprise: Expediting the Demise of Saul.

Let us make a few observations on this note:.

It is really quite profound and complicated after all! The Edomites descend, as the biblical record holds, from Esau Gen Rabbinic legends aside, the biblical portrayal of Doeg the Edomite overwhelms the reader with his intense, one-dimensional wickedness towards the priests and innocent people of Nob. However, as surveyed above, his characterization and role are actually somewhat complicated.

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Who exactly was he, and why did he do what he did? Is he a purely evil figure or the last loyal follower of Saul? Who exactly bears the guilt of the massacre: Doeg, Saul, David, Jonathan, or the priests themselves? What is God accomplishing through this tragic event? I will conclude with two implications. Even I was under this opinion 3 years ago! Studies in Language and Traditions ed.

Craig Evans; New York: The Macmillan Company, A Commentary on Psalms Hermeneia; Minneapolis: This was a good article. Thanks for posting it. I very randomly arrived at your blog and thought you might be crazy because of the pictures- but then I realized you have a sense of humor.

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So thanks for that as well. Lanier, I found your post on Doeg to be very insightful and a great help in understanding the difficult situation with the priests at Nob. The subject matter was so serious and your post so compelling, that I became quite absorbed in it, but was quite taken aback by the photographs. I found them to be inappropriate and distracting from the subject matter and not in any way entertaining. Loved reading this and gaining insight especially in the line of Eli. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Notify me of new comments via email. The Characterization of Doeg: Evil, Wise, or In Between? The plain sense of this title is that Doeg is a man of Edomite origin, but why would an Edomite be running around with King Saul and his men? The leading view holds that Saul conscripted Doeg as a mercenary after his military campaign against Edom 1 Sam Given his prominence in the narrative, some also believe Doeg held a high official role previously in Edom.

Why was he hanging around with the priests of Nob so that he could see this scene play out in the first place? Again, there are two possibilities: The first connects this title in A second proposal offered by some scholars assumes a scribal error and offers a textual emendation to resolve the problem: Two competing characterizations of Doeg, however, have attempted to blur this simple portrait. From this angle, Doeg may be nearly seen as a laudable example of dedication: David has brought the priests into the ensuing predicament by failing to disclose to Ahimelech the full truth.

Saul then accuses his tribesmen of a similar failure to disclose the truth. Doeg, not a Benjaminite but an Edomite, alone steps forward to provide the devastating full disclosure. Saul calls Ahimelech and the priests from Nob to Gibeah Only it is not quite so straightforward: Securing The Change of Priesthood.

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Let us make a few observations on this note: Previously, Saul had rejected Samuel and replaced him with the priest Ahijah 1 Sam This is a fantastic, if bizarre, picture. The first true war with Edom transpires under none other than Saul 1 Sam This sets the stage for further conflict with Edom under David 2 Sam 8: Connecting to the pew Rabbinic legends aside, the biblical portrayal of Doeg the Edomite overwhelms the reader with his intense, one-dimensional wickedness towards the priests and innocent people of Nob. Sep 02, Genie rated it really liked it. This is the third book in the series featuring former L.

TV news anchor Ali Reynolds. Ali is in a bit of a funk as she recovers from the murder of her ex-husband. She has a good support group; her parents, her son and her old high school friend, police detective Dave Holman. Out of the blue, wealthy recluse Arabella Ashcroft sent a request to Ali asking her to meet with her. Arabella has been reading Ali's blog, cutlooseblog. During the meeting Arabella claims her childhood was troubled and indicated that her late stepbrother, Bill, was the major cause of the problem.

In order to explain the issues Arabella wants to discuss, she asks Ali to read her diary. Ali soon discovers a tale filled with sexual abuse and murder. As it turns out, Crystal has her own tale to relate which leads to the trail of a couple of child molesters whose actions were enabled through use of the internet. Both plots lead to psychopaths who have left a number of victims in their wake. This is not the best of J. Jance's work but is an OK read. It helps if you have read the two previous books of the series. Jan 13, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: In this, the third of the Ali Reynolds series, the theme is child predators.

In two separate cases that Ali is involved with, a child predator is involved. One is with a young girl, recently taken advantage of, and the other is an older woman who was victimized in her youth and illustrates the terrible consequences of what happened to her because of her circumstances. Also involved in all of this is a serial killer who is paying back all the people who have offended him in some way.

Since there In this, the third of the Ali Reynolds series, the theme is child predators. Since there really is no connection between the three cases except for a few coincidental people, it was kind of hard to keep track of, and I kept wondering, "What does this have to do with the guy who was dragged to death on the first page? Eventually it all gets wrapped up and there is closure, but a lot of it felt like it was kind of invented as a way to clean up the loose ends. I want to read the whole series, but if the next one doesn't feel right, I'm giving up.

Mostly it was okay. Dec 12, Rayni rated it it was amazing Recommended to Rayni by: I jukmped into the Ali Reynolds books when I unknowingly picked up 4 in this series. This was a fantastic read. I was so involved in the book for once, I didn't go to the end of the book to see how it ended.

I stayed up til 4 a. I know now why I stopped reading. I can't put a book down, if it's good, once I've started. Jun 08, Chade66 rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm so sorry to give any Jance book a one star review. This is my third attempt at a Reynolds book, but I can't get behind an uber rich woman living in Sedona, especially being so harsh with a kid that really needs help, not to be called a prostitute, especially when its not her own kid.

And let's talk about texting the bad guy and leading him straight to the hospital where the gu I'm so sorry to give any Jance book a one star review. And let's talk about texting the bad guy and leading him straight to the hospital where the guy he already tried to kill is unprotected because she's running around like a fool instead of doing what she needs to do. Jance sure knows how to write a good story. It's not exactly "heart stopping" as the review states, but it is surely entertaining.

I especially enjoy all of her series because of their setting in Arizona. In this book I even knew exactly what bridge they were referring to Jul 24, Becky rated it liked it. I don't know why I read these since they irritate me to no end with the meddlesome activity of the main characters. I do not support the notion that the end justifies the means. Jun 20, Barb rated it it was amazing. I didn't figure out "who did it" until just before it was revealed in the book. Feb 06, Kittiya rated it it was ok Shelves: I just wasn't feeling this story. I had read one of her other novels, loved it!

Well seriously liked it anyway. Feb 12, Cathy rated it it was ok. Umm, was there one place where the book called Ali "Joanne"? Jan 01, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. Fast paced and well written, fun to read. Aug 28, Dan Smith rated it it was amazing. The newscasting job she once delighte With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve.

Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the center of which stand two undiscriminating killers. Jance at her best Feb 21, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. This is the third installment of J.


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Jance's Ali Reynolds series. I started reading these later in the series so am going back to the beginning now. In this book, Ali is still dealing with her grief over the death of her dreams as a journalist in LA and the ending of her marriage due to the discovery that her husband was a serial cheater. Before their divorce was final her husband was killed and Ali was suspected of his murder.

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This also put a major emotional strain on her. She is back in Sedon This is the third installment of J. She is back in Sedona recovering and picking up the pieces. Ali is still writing her blog and is trying to determine what her path in life is going to be.

She ends up connecting with a woman from her past who is herself experiencing some personal issue. Ali also gets involved in the issues that her friend Dave Holman is experiencing with his daughter. There is a lot going on in the book so it's very fast paced and a page turner. Jul 11, Kristen Lewendon rated it liked it.

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I love twisty, suspenseful plots that double back on themselves leaving the reader wonderfully lost and confused, utterly baffled over who really done it. Every time I got dragged past a point where it felt like the story should have naturally stopped my interest to continue dropped another notch. Later in the day her father is coming unglued because his vintage Bronco has gone missing along with Kip a former homeless man and drug addict. To cap it all off Dave Holman, sheriff's deputy calls in despair because his 12 year old daughter has gone missing.

Hospitals, books stores, car chases, the Sugarloaf, parents, step-parents, counselors, ministers, and child abuse are all in play. As with the other books in the series, the narrator is a bit bothersome. Sentence is read with dramatic intensity, but "Ali stepped out of the shower and reached for her towel" is just not an intense situation. I am trying to attribute it to the narrator's need to be clear.

The story, itself, was slightly better than the other two, thus far. So, with that, I am moving on to book 4 in the series. Jan 25, Bryan rated it it was amazing. When I decide to read a book by a new author, I check out reviews on "Goodreads", and start with the first in the series. So this is the third book I have read by author J. Jance, and her Ali Reynolds series. This series is fast paced with lots going-on! The books seem to flow nicely from one to the other. I enjoy the setting, and the characters. Looking forward to the 4th in the series. May 05, Sarah Conner rated it it was ok Shelves: Not a bad book just not very original.

Start with a crime and throw in a sideline story. Ali Reynolds is perfect and oblivious all at the same time. This time she is dealing with a crazy, murderous heiress. The side story is child molestation. Of course all turns out well in the end. Apr 08, Diane Rapport rated it liked it. Interesting plot, but sometimes for me the violence is a little too strong. Ms Jance is one of the best at setting the scene.

Ali seems like an interesting protagonist with more stories to tell. Jul 08, Liz rated it it was ok. I found it distracting as Ali bounced around between crises throughout the book. And the other characters seem one-dimensional -- I find that I'm not very interested in them and don't care about what happens to them.

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