Analytical Question: How did King Saul die?
Methodology: Statement Analysis of the interview and interrogation conducted by David.
I had some fun recently in challenging some analysts on the historical death of King Saul of ancient Israel. I've received some fine work from analysts including an instructor from whom I will post some of his work later.
From Answers in Genesis:
Here is the Statement Analysis Quiz that I presented.
The book of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel have what appears to be a conflicting account of how King Saul died.
I asked analysts to avoid all commentaries and instruction in languages, and seek an answer solely using the principles of Statement Analysis.
A. The first account says that King Saul committed suicide.
B. The second account says that King Saul died of "assisted suicide" or murder at the hands of a reluctant enemy.
I asked the analysts to keep in mind the following:
1. The difference could be the Parenthetical View.
This is where we are given a conclusive account but later the author revisits it with more detail, or "amplification." We see this not only in the Bible but in truthful accounts within statements. It is where one feels the necessity of revisiting and amplifying a response.
2. The difference could be an error in the Bible. This is something that would challenge the Scripture's own claim of Divine origin as well as centuries of research.
3. The answer could be...something else.
I asked them to focus upon David's interview and interrogation of the enemy combatant who claimed to have assisted Saul in suicide. This male did, in fact, bring to David evidence of Saul's death.
I received back some excellent work.
After you've had a chance at it, I will post analysis.
I. The Statements
II. The Interview and Interrogation by David
I. The Statements
1. The historical account.
If you wish, you can use a modern English translation. This is to echo some of the work we do in second language analysis where close detail nuance is sometimes avoided in exchange for broader general principles.
Next up, Statement Analysis to learn how King Saul died.