Though mainly the Rabbinic and Christian exegeses of I Sam. 28 differ, there are many similarities in interpretation. As it appears, the Rabbinic exegesis at least must have been known to some Christian writers. But apparently Rabbinic and Christian exegetes did not influence each other very much on this subject. Since they share, however, most of the basic principles of interpretation regarding the Scriptures, Patristic and Rabbinic exegesis are far more congenial to each other than to the rationalistic exegesis of later times.