Now that we’ve finished our “teaching workshop,” we’re about to begin studying 1-2 Samuel together as a church on Sunday mornings.
These two books were originally one book and were part of the section of the Hebrew Bible called “The Prophets” (Nevi’im). Specifically, Samuel was the third book in the “Former Prophets”: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. The “Latter Prophets” included Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve (or the “Minor Prophets”).
Later, when the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek (the LXX), it appears the order of the books were rearranged and re-categorized, and 1-2 Samuel became part of the “historical books”: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
I’m hoping that at some point we can discuss why this book was considered “prophetic.” Is it simply because there are prophets in the narratives of 1-2 Samuel? (i.e., Eli, Samuel, Gad, Nathan) Is there some other way that the books could be considered prophetic? And, how does that affect the way that we interpret Samuel today?
Have you ever studied 1-2 Samuel? What do you find interesting, exciting, or even difficult about this book (these books)?