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Border with Samuel Putting forward Saul as King
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Simon Bening
Flemish, Bruges, about 1525 - 1530
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.
MS. LUDWIG IX 19, FOL. 54

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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.