Border with Samuel Putting forward Saul as King

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Border with Samuel Putting forward Saul as King


Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)




about 1525 - 1530


Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment


Leaf: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Representatives of all the tribes of Israel surround the prophet Samuel as he puts forward Saul as king, saying, "Surely you can see him whom the Lord has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people." (I Kings 10:24) Both this event from the Old Testament and the New Testament tale of the Dispute in the Temple depicted on the facing page are scenes in which God has recognized wisdom and leadership through special selection. Thus, Christians saw a typological relationship between the stories.