Old Testament

The Books of Samuel

Saul – Discussion Questions

Questions for reflection:
1. Should obedience to a religious authority always take precedence over pragmatic considerations?

2. Are oaths and vows always binding, regardless of the consequences?

3. What should be the role of a prophet over against the leaders and rulers of a people?

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    1. Not even the Torah requires absolute obedience. The question is, “Is a life at stake?” There are plenty of places for obedience to take precedence – the first commandment, for instance. Ultimately, though, obedience is situational, and arguable.

    2. Again, posing these questions as binaries serves little purposes, and so the answer is to consider the situation, and “no.”

    3. Accountability. Setting forth the signs and portents. Let the people as a whole decide about leadership. Democracy is the ideal.