Schwebel/Give us a King/Broadway Building (The Ansonia) Over a Judean Hill with Israeli Political Demonstrations. 63 x 59 In., 1999, Oil on Canvas
Marsha White notes that these passages in 1 Samuel 8 date to the sixth century B.C.E. and form a portion of the Deuteronomistic History. This history was composed in the wake of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the conquest of Judah. The Deuteronomists questioned the institution of kingship and added antimonarchical sentiments, such as these verses from 1 Samuel 8, that tempered the positive view of the king in the History of Saul’s Rise.