6. King Saul as Mythic Hero

Explaining Myth - Robert A Segal

Robert A Segal [+-]
University of Aberdeen
Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies University of Aberdeen


This chapter applies Rank and Raglan to the life of the first king of Israel Saul. It shows how their theories transform the figure to whom they are applied. The application of Rank turns the subject into an Oedipal fight to the death between father Saul and son David. The application of Raglan turns the toppling of King Saul as a normal communal process to get the crops to grow.

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Segal, Robert. 6. King Saul as Mythic Hero. Explaining Myth. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781798645. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37560. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37560. Oct 2021

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