Part Two: The Prophets cont'd.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
In the most striking such case, we actually find that people were forced into a prophetic state against their will. David had escaped Kig Saul's wrath, and had escaped to Samuel's academy at Ramah. The Bible relates, "Saul sent messengers to take David, but when they saw the company of prophets prophesying with Samuel standing over them, they also prophesied themselves" (1 Samuel 19:20). Note that the verse states that Samuel's group was "prophesying" (Nava) in a direct sense, indicating that they were transmitting and focusing prophetic energy on Saul's mean. This in turn caused Saul's messengers to "prophesy themselves" (Mit-nave), in a reflexive sense, where tey were overwhelmed by an inward-directed prophetic experience.
The account continues to relate how Saul sent three groups of messengers, and how they were all captivated in this manner. Saul himself finally went to capture David, and he is also overcome by a spirit of prophecy in the same manner. Unless we say that the prophetic force could actually be projected and forced on another person, this entire account must be in interpreted in a manner that is very far from its literal meaning.
Kaplan, page 31.