Begg Chistopher ,
David’s fourfold escape according to Josephus,
Antonianum, 80/3 (2005) p. 433-452
Summary: 1 Samuel 19 tells of David’s escapes from attempts on his life made by King Saul. This article examines Josephus’ retelling of the biblical chapter in his Ant. 6.205-223. In particular, the article addresses three overarching questions: 1) Which text-form(s) of 1 Samuel 19 did Josephus utilize? 2) What rewriting techniques did he apply to the biblical data and what is distinctive about his own version given his application of these techniques? And 3) How does Josephus’s retelling of 1 Samuel 19 relates to other early Jewish and Christian references to the chapter?