The Books of Samuel
Lecture no. 12 from the course: Understanding the Old Testament
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.