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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Literary Analysis Paper of 2 Samuel 24:1-25 Submitted to Michael Hildenbrand, Doctor in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of OBST 515 – D13 LUO Introduction to the Old Testament and the Pentateuch by Antonio Walton December 7, 2014 Literary Features and Techniques This literary analysis is of 2 Samuel 24:1-25[1], which depicts a literary plot. The main characters in the narrative are the Lord, David, Gad, Joab, and Araunah. The characters in this chapter of the Bible come from categories ranging from a mixture of round, fully developed, characters, such as David, and the Lord Himself, to flat characters with a basic quality or…show more content…
David, realized it was his sin which was being poured out on his people, ached in his heart for the pain he had brought upon his own people. In an effort to end the suffering, David asked the Lord to allow the punishment to afflict only him and his father's household. The Lord once again sent the Prophet Gad to David, who instructed him to build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. King David, complying promptly, purchased the threshing floor and oxen from Araunah the Jebusite, built the altar, and made offerings to the Lord. At this point of the narrative the original conflict, which was created as a result of David’s pride and “foolishness”, was resolved with his contrition and atonement to the Lord, and the action ends with the Lord responding to David’s plea to spare his people and averting the plague. Interpretive Issue and Resolution One interpretive problem from the narrative is the census causing or being considered such a great sin. The act of conducting a census should not have been sinful since it was introduced to the people by the Lord and carried out three times by Moses. In the book of Exodus, the Lord gave Moses instruction concerning the census. This instruction was played out in the book of Numbers as the Lord directed Moses to take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel[4]. In the first chapter the census was to be done by clan with the exception of the
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