Researching the Story
STORYTELLING AND SCHOLARSHIP
"Prophets and Loss" is a retelling of the story of King David from the Books of I & II Samuel.
When preparing to retell any story, Tom Lee regularly researches multiple sources and variants in multiple translations or, where possible, in their original language.
When preparing a story from a sacred text, Tom's research is even more rigorous.
For this program, multiple translations of the Masoretic text, the Septuagint, and the Qumran scrolls have be used, including those of Everett Fox, Robert Alter, The Jewish Publication Society, and The King James Bible. Questions of source-criticism and text-criticism have been studied in detail. Historical events in Israel, including the migration of the "Sea People," or Philistines, and the Babylonian Captivity have been considered. In addition, the classic commentaries of Rashi and Radak have been consulted.
After many months of immersion in these sources, Tom Lee crafts his own retelling - a personal response to the tragedy of Saul, to the lessons of King David, and to the rich historical and spiritual history of the tale.
Listeners are transported by the story, engaging with the men and women who struggle to find their way on God's path.
The performance is typically followed by a lively discussion with the audience.