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1st and 2nd Samuel

Author – Samuel, Nathan and Gad
Time – 1,150 – 1,000 B.C.

Summary – 1 Samuel is the first of two historical books which describe Israel’s transition from a loose confederation of tribes to a strong and united nation. It portrays the anointing of the first king of Israel, Saul, by a great prophet, Samuel. It recounts the degenerating reign of Saul and the succession to his throne of David, a man "after God’s own heart". In the original Hebrew text, the books of Samuel were considered one book by the Hebrew scribes. The second book begins with the ascension of David to the throne. The rest of the book records the eventful reign of David. It concludes with the blessing of Solomon by David.

1st Samuel

The life of Samuel – Chapter 1 to1 to 7 v 17
Passage
Subject
Chapter 1 v 1 to 4 v 1a The birth and childhood of Samuel
Chapter 4 v 1b to 7 v 1 The capture and return of the tabernacle ark
Chapter 7 v 2 to 17 The victory over the Philistines

The life of Saul – Chapter 8 v 1 to 14 v 52
Passage
Subject
Chapter 8 Israel’s request for a king
Chapters 9 to 12 Political life of Saul
Chapters 13 & 14 War and independence

The early life of David – Chapter 15 v 1 to 31 v 13
Passage
Subject
Chapter 15 Saul rejected by Samuel
Chapter 16 v 1 to 13 David anointed to be king
Chapter 16 v 14 to 19 v 17 David in the court of Saul
Chapter 19 v 18 to 31 v 13 David in exile


2nd Samuel

The life of King David – Chapter 1 v 1 to 20 v 26
Passage
Subject
Chapters 1 to 4 David, King at Hebron
Chapters 5 to 8 David, king at Jerusalem
Chapters 9 to 20 David’s life as king

The last days of David – Chapter 21 v 1 to 24 v 25
Passage
Subject
Chapter 21 v 1 to 14 The famine
Chapter 21 v 15 to 22 Heroic exploits
Chapter 22 David’s psalm
Chapter 23 v 1 to 7 David’s testament
Chapter 23 v 8 to 39 Heroic exploits
Chapter 24 Census and plague

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