The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol 7, No 2 (2011)

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Knowledge, Information and Power in the ‘Biblical’ Sense: The Story of King Saul

Milena Kirova


By setting the story of Saul in 1 Samuel within its ancient literary context – Egypt and Mesopotamia – and by deploying and reshaping Foucault’s panopticism, now as ‘panaudiscism’, this article offers a reading of King Saul in a way that pays attention to ears and hearing, to the oral and the aural. In this light, Saul fate is tied in all too closely with his ability to hear, or not.

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391