Old Testament

The Books of Samuel

Judge of Prophecy – Discussion Questions

Questions for reflection:
1. The stories of Eli and Samuel illustrate the tendency for families who inherit leadership roles to succumb to corruption. Is this problem endemic to political leadership?

2. What were the pros and cons of kingship? Why did the people opt for it, even when they were warned of its costs?

3. Is Samuel’s objection to the kingship based on concern for the people or on his own reluctance to relinquish power?

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