1 & 2 Samuel introduction


Greetings! We’ll begin 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel today, covering two chapters every other day.  They were originally one larger book, so it seemed logical to do one after the other.  These books cover a lot of interesting history and examples for us to live by, and most importantly they tell us many things about God. 

Who wrote this?  Technically the authorship is anonymous, though it seems logical that Samuel would have written much of 1 Samuel. 

When was it written? The date of the writing is uncertain.  The events took place just of 1,000 years BC, so presumably it was completed within a hundred years of that.

Setting: The Israelites had sort-of conquered the Promised Land after being led out of Egypt by Moses and then wandering in the desert for 40 years because of their disobedience and lack of faith.  They were a theocracy at the time, being led by God instead of a human king.  God did provide judges for them (leaders who helped them at critical times).  See more in the book of Judges.

The people tired of not having a king and wanted to be like surrounding peoples and asked God for a king.  He eventually relented after warning them of what would happen.

1 Samuel starts with the Eli, introduces Samuel, then Saul (Israel’s first king), then King David.  2 Samuel chronicles the reign of King David.  Eli and Samuel were the last two judges for Israel.  Samuel was a man fully dedicated to God. 

There are some good lessons in these books about what happens when we lose momentum or fall away from the faith. 

Reflect on what stood out to you in this reading and share your comments and questions if you like.

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