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Book of 1-2 Samuel
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The eighth and ninth books of the Hebrew Bible (ninth and 10th in most Christian versions of the Old Testament). Narrates events beginning with the birth of Samuel through the establishment of the monarchy—first and briefly under Saul, and then under David. Concerned primarily with extolling David as the ideal king of Israel.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Samuel, First and Second Book of
Samuel, First and Second Books of The eighth and ninth books of the Hebrew Bible (ninth and 10th in most Christian versions of the Old Testament). Narrates events beginning with the birth of Samuel through the establishment of the monarchy—first and briefly under Saul, and then under David. Concerned
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Samuel, Book of 1–2
SAMUEL, BOOK OF 1-2. This entry consists of two articles. The first examines the critical problems associated with the text, composition, and content of 1-2 Samuel, while the second article focuses on the narrative and theological aspects of the text.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Samuel, Books of
Samuel, Books of The OT books dealing with Samuel and with the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. While normally classified as historical books, they are also notable for their theological evaluation of kingship in general and of dynastic kingship and David in particular. I. Place in the Canon
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Samuel, Books of First and Second
SAMUEL, BOOKS OF FIRST AND SECONDPreviewNameAuthor and DatePurpose and Theological TeachingContentName First and Second Samuel derive their names from the individual whom God used to establish kingship in Israel. Samuel is the most prominent figure in the early narratives of 1 Samuel. His
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Samuel, First and Second Books Of
Samuel, First and Second Books of, biblical writings that follow the book of Judges in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and the book of Ruth in the Christian ot; they are found in the Prophets, or Nevi’im, section of the Tanakh and are the third and fourth books of its Former Prophets subcollection. Originally,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Samuel, Books of (Writing)
Ramah, Samuel’s home town. HFVSAMUEL, BOOKS OF. The Hebrews originally treated the books of I and II Samuel as one book, as seen from Josephus’ canon (Contra Apion I.8) and in the Masoretic note on 1 Sam 28:24 which takes this as the middle verse of the book. The Gr. translation (LXX) and other versions
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Samuel, Books of (Writing)
SAMUEL, BOOKS OF. The two books of Samuel were originally one; not until the 15th century were they ever divided in the Heb. Bible. The division into two books goes back to the lxx. The English title ‘Samuel’ is the same as the Heb.; the lxx linked the four books of Samuel and *Kings together as 1–4
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Samuel, Books Of
Samuel, Books ofFirst and Second Samuel, included in the Former Prophets of the Hebrew canon, which is regarded as part of the Deuteronomistic history. In the Hebrew Bible Samuel was one book, but in the LXX it was divided into two books and appears as part of a four-volume collection in the historical
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Samuel, Books of (Writing)
Samuel, Books of. †In English versions, the eighth and ninth books of the Old Testament.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Samuel, Books Of
SAMUEL, BOOKS OF Two of the Historical Books of the Old Testament. They originally comprised a single work that focused on three key figures associated with the foundation of the Israelite monarchy: Samuel, Saul, and David.The two books formed one work in Hebrew, but they were divided into two books
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Samuel, Books of
Samuel, Books of. The two Books of Samuel were originally a single Book, which was divided for convenience by the compilers of the *Septuagint, who also grouped the Books of Samuel with those of *Kings under the one single title of the ‘[Four] Books of the Reigns’. The English title follows the Hebrew,
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