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
Introduction to the Course – Discussion Questions
Questions for reflection:
1. Is it important whether the stories in the Books of Samuel are historical or not? If so, why?
2. Is it important that David is not depicted as a saintly figure, but as a complex and all too human character?
3. What light do these stories shed on the institution of the monarchy, and its strengths and weaknesses?
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