Episode 50

Chase Replogle

Setup and Payoff in 2 Samuel

The second in our series, Scripture Can Teach You to Write, we take a look at how the author of 1 & 2 Samuel uses setups and payoffs to keep the reader's attention through the story.
The second in our series, Scripture Can Teach You to Write, we take a look at how the author of 1 & 2 Samuel uses setups and payoffs to keep the reader's attention through the story.
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Show Notes:50. Chase Replogle — Scripture Can Teach You to Write: Setup and Payoff in 2 Samuel

In this episode, we dive into another writing tool I’ve picked up from the Biblical writers, this time from the author of the Samuel scrolls. The story of Samuel, Saul, and David, running from 1 Samuel into the opening two chapters of 1 Kings is one of the greatest stories in history.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time preaching and studying these scriptures. I’m currently working on a book centered around the tension between David’s public and private lives and I’m routinely impressed by the writing craft in these stories.

There are a lot of examples, but I want took look at a particular technique I’ll call the setup and payoff. There is nowhere it’s used to greater effect than in the story of Mephibosheth.

  • There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
  • Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
  • Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
  • Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
  • Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
  • Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
  • Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
  • Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
  • It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
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Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
2 months ago
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2/9
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
2 months ago
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Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
2 months ago
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Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
2 months ago
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Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
2 months ago
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Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
3 months ago
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Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
3 months ago
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8/9
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
4 months ago
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