The Books of Samuel
The story of the Hebrew people moves from the time of nomadic tribes governed by Judges who emerged in the time of crisis to the era of Israeli monarchy. The central characters are Saul, David and Solomon, well known for their special connections with God, their leadership, and temple building. Jewish law, documented in Deuteronomy, is woven into the lives of these leaders. These stories practically beg for historical/archaeological validation; unfortunately, that “proof” has not been found.
Nevertheless, these important Biblical characters are presented as realistic and complex human beings. They deal with all manner of human emotion, temptation, failure and redemption. We can learn about the traditional stories of the Hebrew people and how their heroes shape their tradition as well as how people handle the good and bad events that life presents. We also learn about God’s hand and voice in the world. Studying these stories and thinking about the way modern life presents similar challenges informs our own spirituality. An interesting and nourishing study!
Week 1: Introduction to the Course
Week 2: Samuel: Judge of Prophecy
Week 3: Saul
Week 4: The Rise of David
Week 5: The Character of David
Week 6: David's Kingship
Week 7: Bathsheba
Week 8: David's Decline