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Riddle of One Sammuel (The)

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Is it possible to discern central concerns of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament by noting possible wordplays there?

We don’t do this kind of thing in English.  Which of us would note in my first sentence that ‘discern’ and ‘concerns’ both contain the letters C, E, R and N, and that the word ‘central’ between them contains the same four letters in a scrambled order, and then conclude that CERN, the world’s largest scientific experiment buried beneath Switzerland, should be brought to mind?  Surely not.  The idea is too fantastic. 

My belief is that ancient Hebrew, which is a different kind of language, may contain hints of just this kind, particularly in relation to the proper names. The fifty literary devices I propose serve to highlight the main issues of the text.  See if you agree.

By explaining everything carefully with the use of simple diagrams, I have tried to make the book easily accessible to non-Hebraists as well as those who read Hebrew. I hope you enjoy the journey.