As a piece of writing the vivid narratives are without an equal.
The interest of the narratives is now directed away from the Philistines to the decaying fortunes of Saul's house.
In the preceding account the biblical narratives have been followed as closely as possible in the light of the critical results generally accepted.
That they have been affected by the growth of popular tradition is patent from the traces of duplicate narratives, from the difficulty caused, for example, by the story of Goliath, and from a closer study of the chapters.
There are gaps in the narratives, and the further back we proceed the more serious do their difficulties become.