Analytical Question: How did King Saul die?
Methodology: Statement Analysis of the interview and interrogation conducted by David.
The book of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel report the death of the Israeli king, Saul in two accounts.
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 an enemy.
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.
The second account has David, the anointed successor to King Saul, interviewing and interrogating the enemy's report of Saul's death.
2. The difference is sometimes claimed to be an error or contradiction. Is it?
Statement Analysis gets to the truth.
I. The Statements
1. The historical account.