In chapter 17, Tamer asks Bullet, “What’s your real name?” He answers, “Bullet…They named me Samuel.” Tamer responds, “After the prophet in the Bible?” Samuel was an Old Testament prophet. The Biblical accounts of his family, birth, life, ministry, death and brief resurrection can be read in 1 SAMUEL 1 : 1-25 : 1 and 1 SAMUEL 28 : 3-20.
Dickinson compares herself to David in this poem that alludes to a battle between a faithful shepherd boy and a mighty Philistine warrior that took place over 3,000 years ago and is recorded in vivid detail in 1 SAMUEL 17:1-58.
Poe refers to the false goddess Ashtoreth, also referred to as Astarte and other variations of the name, who presides over his wedding to Ligeia: “…if ever she, the wan and the misty-winged Ashtophet of idolatrous Egypt, presided, as they tell, over marriages ill-omened, then most surely she presided over mine.” Ashtoreth is the Canaanite […]
1 SAMUEL 4 : 19-22 reports that “…Phinehas’ wife, was with child, due to be delivered…when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she…gave birth…she named the child Ichabod, saying the ‘The glory has departed from Israel!’”
Dagon was the false half-man, half-fish god of the Philistines, mentioned in JUDGES 16 : 23-31 as the god whose temple was destroyed by Samson, and in 1 SAMUEL 4-5 : 7 as the false god who was destroyed in his own temple after the Philistines brought the captured Ark of the Covenant to the house of Dagon (1 SAMUEL 5 : 2). Bradford says that John Endicott changed the name of Thomas Morton’s Merry-Mount to Mount Dagon.