Samuel, Saul and David

The story of Samuel and the foundation of the monarchy up until the days before the death of King David is told in the two books of Samuel.  The central theme is the tension between a theocratic and a pragmatic monarchy, between Kings as representatives of YHWH and as weak human beings.  The following is a summary of the two Books with passages marked with an asterisk for reading in full:

1 Samuel

2 Samuel


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