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With critical scholarship and theological sensitivity, Walter Brueggemann traces the people of God through the books of Samuel as they shift from marginalized tribalism to oppressive monarchy. He carefully opens the literature of the books, sketching a narrative filled with historical realism but also bursting with an awareness that more than human action is being presented.

come and (2), conversely, to discredit the failed leadership of the house of Eli. We have seen in 1:3–28 that Samuel is a special gift from God (to Hannah) and a special gift back to God (from Hannah). The narrative of chapters 1–3 wants us to understand that Samuel’s origin and his destiny are both peculiarly in God’s hand and for God’s purpose. This account of Samuel’s rise to power (2:11–4:1a) is no ordinary historical report but is a witness to how God’s intent in Israel is implemented. Part
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