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Lewis, Peter E., "Is There a Parallel between 1 Samuel 3 and the Sixth Chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead?"Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2007.
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Abstract: “This article offers a comparison of the accounts in 1 Samuel 3 and the Sixth Chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead and leads to the conclusion that they may be parallel accounts. The background to the Egyptian text is explained, and it is suggested that the Hebrew author used the Egyptian account in writing this important chapter in the Deuteronomistic History.”
“1 Samuel 3 invites the preacher to help the members of her or his congregation consider the ways in which they relate to one another as they respond to God's purpose and call in light of changing circumstances.”
Draper, Jonathan A., "The Tip of an Ice-berg: the Temple of the Holy Spirit," Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 1987.
“The Temple image is certainly given an individual moral application in this passage, but the context makes it very unlikely that Paul is thinking of individual bodies as individual sanctuaries containing the Holy Spirit. The singular nouns soma and naos used with the plural humon make this clear. Rather, Paul is giving the primary community meaning of the image an extended application, because what is done by the individual is understood as affecting the whole community.”
“This then is the end of the beginning of the end. The Disciples are in place, the Lord is ready to reveal himself for what he is by what he does, the finding is completed so that the proclamation may begin. What is promised to Nathaniel and all the faithful, that grand climax whereby Jacob's old dream is to be made fresh and real, begins in the unlikely setting of a modest and socially embarrassed wedding party in which the steward of the feast, as unwitting an evangelist as can be imagined, observes that the best has been saved to last.”