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1 Samuel (Bible #9), ESV

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Published (first published January 1st 2015)
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Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis
Moreover the Glory of Israel will not recant or change his mind; for he is not a mortal, that he should change his mind.

Now things are gettin’ good. 1 Samuel begins the rise of Israel as a real geopolitical entity; more specifically with David and Solomon’s rule—the heroes of the Old Testament (next to Moses). To my knowledge this is the first and most detailed account of the rise of a nation-state in the ancient world, and I’m fascinated by the machinations involved. But more importantly these
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Sandra
Aug 20, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-study
Chronicles the early life of King David with Samuel the judge and Saul, the king that they asked for.
Karl Nordenstorm
The interesting part of the book is that of David, which really is a good story. But the majority of the text is just dull and leaves you with the "so-what" feeling so typical for the fictional history of the old testament. The story of David is good, but the style is crap. Compare biblical story telling to Norse! The Israelites were poor writers. They love going on and on about irrelevant pseudo-statistics and have no humor. Another issue, do the characters have personalities? I don't think so. ...more
Wren | WrensReads
I have always been a Christian. I was brought up in a Christian home, I had Sunday school every Sunday and Wednesday night church every, well, Wednesday. I went to church camps, I was baptized, and I went to Christian school and even had those corny cartoon illustrations of Bible Stores on tape.

So why is it that I have never fully read the Bible?

You would think being the brought-up Christian I am that I would have. I mean I said I had before. I even told people I have read it thirty times! I was
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Joan Haughton
Dec 31, 2014 Joan Haughton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WORDS FROM THE BOOK OF FIRST SAMUEL:

There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah in the region of Zuph in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, of Ephraim. Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not.

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle.Hannah was in deep anguish, crying
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Joan Haughton
Apr 30, 2014 Joan Haughton rated it it was amazing
Samuel a mighty prophet of God, not one of his words fall to the ground meaning everything he spoke came to pass. Samuel was also the last Judge over Israel, the people asked for a King to rule over them and fight for them like the other people when God was their King. Samuel anointed Saul the Benjamite to be the first King over Israel. Saul was disobedient and the kingdom was torn from him and David was anointed to be King. Saul was jealous of David when he killed Goliath and the women sang ...more
Jules
Mar 29, 2015 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-challenge
Part of my READ THE BIBLE WITHIN A YEAR challenge.

Wish me luck, as I've got a long way to go!

Okay, so I’m learning rather quickly that the Bible actually contains a LOT of violence! I’m a huge fan of horror novels, so it’s not as if I’m soft when it comes to reading about violence, but there is something so brutal about the stories I’ve read in the Bible so far. I don’t think my negative feelings are helped by the overall disrespect towards women and the amount of violence put upon them.

Violenc
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José Monico
Jan 24, 2015 José Monico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the books of Samuel revolves around the pre-Davidic consolidation of all of Israel. 1 Samuel begins with the birth-introduction of the deuteronomic prophet-judge by the same name; having a key hand in the upheaval of the land of Israel, Samuel is the last to judge and one of the most prominent prophets in the sacred land.

The narrative begins with the priest-house of Eli, and its impending doom due to his two sons' libidinous and blasphemous acts. In all, the story shapes and q
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Brian Schiebout
Apr 27, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it liked it
1 Samuel is the ninth book in the Bible, it is inspired by God. First Samuel tell the story of Israel from the birth of Samuel until the death of Saul. The book details Israel’s path to having a king by having two leaders who were not able to raise their son’s well. Then it proceeds to demonstrate how Saul the first king was denying God’s will and making himself into a substitute for the Lord. The second part of this book details Samuel the prophet’s anointing of David and David is God’s choice ...more
Nathan C.
Feb 26, 2012 Nathan C. rated it it was amazing
This book would be fascinating just as literature even if there were nothing divine about it. The personalities revealed in Samuel, Saul, David, Doeg the Edomite, Michal, and even David's brothers who are only mentioned in passing, are forcefully and yet skillfully narrated.

On the divine side, Saul's life shows what happens when the ideal ruler forsakes God. He is the humanist ideal: handsome, humble, charismatic, capable, knowledgeable; and self-worshipping. His egolatry twists his logic progre
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Joan Haughton
Jan 12, 2014 Joan Haughton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samuel a mighty prophet of God, not one of his words fall to the ground meaning everything he spoke came to pass. Samuel was also the last Judge over Israel, the people asked for a King to rule over them and fight for them like the other people when God was their King. Samuel anointed Saul the Benjamite to be the first King over Israel. Saul was disobedient and the kingdom was torn from him and David was anointed to be King. Saul was jealous of David when he killed Goliath and the women sang ...more
Joan Haughton
Jul 11, 2015 Joan Haughton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book recounts the life of Samuel a great prophet of God. It also showed the life of the first king of Israel, Saul. He was disobedient to God and lost his inheritance. He spend the latter part of his reign trying to kill David the anointed heir. David of course triumphed because he was chosen by God.

Bless the name of Jesus!
Nikki Wilson
Mar 30, 2016 Nikki Wilson rated it it was amazing
I've always found David's story intriguing. Ice also found the story of David and Jonathan interesting...friends or something more? Such beauty in the words Jonathan's soul was knit to David's. At any rate, this is also a more action-packed book with many twists and turns! Can't wait for 2 Samuel!
Whitney
I mostly enjoyed the part of the story with David and Goliath. There was a lot of fighting and war in this one.
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Madelén
Oct 11, 2014 Madelén rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So thrilling and exciting that I almost cried. Good written. A quality read. Recommended.
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