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The Books of Samuel

Lecture no. 12 from the course: Understanding the Old Testament

The Books of Samuel

Taught by Professor Robert D. Miller II | 24 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Chart the origins of prophecy in ancient Israel, with prophecy seen during ecstatic, trancelike spiritual practices. Observe how Samuel, the last judge, initiated monarchy among the Israelites, appointing Saul as king. Trace the disastrous reign of David, and the story of Bathsheba. Then meet the wise Solomon, builder of the first temple to Israel’s God, where worship—significantly—focused on a text, not an image.

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