The last of the judges reluctantly initiated
1Samuel covers the historical period
from 1080-1040 BC
The author is unknown, but likely
from the Deuteronomic tradition
Originally Samuel was one book; it
was divided when it was translated
into Greek from Hebrew
Theme is the tension between the
perceived need for a king and the
people’s reliance on God
Even though the period of judges is one
of chaos and anarchy, unity under a king
requires taxes, forced labor and a loss of
independence and freedom.
Unity also means the gain of a more
structured way of life, national identity
and strength in the face of other nations.
Elkanah and Hannah (Peninnah)
Eli, a judge and prophet, with
wicked sons (Hophni and Phinehas)
Samuel, a judge and prophet
consecrated to the LORD from birth
Hannah pleads for a son
Samuel is born and consecrated at Shiloh
Samuel is given to Eli’s care; Samuel’s
revelation (Here I am, Lord…)
Eli’s sons wickedness/loss of the ark
The ark in the temple of Dagon, Philistine
Return of the ark; Samuel calls people
back to the covenant.
Defeat of Philistines (Ebenezer, stone
“My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted by my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in your victory.a
2There is no Holy One like the LORD;
there is no Rock like our God.b
3Speak boastfully no longer,
Do not let arrogance issue from your
For an all-knowing God is the LORD,
a God who weighs actions.c
4“The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.d
5The well-fed hire themselves out for
while the hungry no longer have to
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.e
6“The LORD puts to death and gives life,
casts down to Sheol and brings up again.f
7The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
humbles, and also exalts.
8He raises the needy from the dust;
from the ash heap lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.
“For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s,
and he has set the world upon them.g
9He guards the footsteps of his faithful
but the wicked shall perish in the darkness;
for not by strength does one prevail.
10The LORD’s foes shall be shattered;
the Most High in heaven thunders;
the LORD judges the ends of the earth.
May he give strength to his king,
and exalt the horn of his anointed!”h
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me
Because he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name;
And his mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his
Samuel’s sons lead to king
Joel & Abijah
Accept brides, pervert justice
Elders call for king; Samuel prays
and the Lord tells him what to do.
Saul, a Benjamite who is quite
handsome…on a search for donkeys,
ends up eating with Samuel.
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