1 Samuel is the ninth book of the Bible, and continues from where the book of Judges left off. The book actually is named after the final judge, the prophet Samuel. Serving as a bridge between the time of the judges and the kings, Samuel is a key figure and his book(s) key books.
The book is comprised of thirty-one chapters, and is divided into three major sections:
1 Samuel covers a period of about one hundred and fifteen years. We are also introduced to a young man in 1 Samuel named David. It is in 1 Samuel that his heroic feats of killing Goliath are recorded, and his behaving wisely when Saul did not.
The book is a historical book that looks intimately at the transition of Israel from a Theocracy to a Monarchy. The key verse to the book is 1 Samuel 10:25 – “Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.”
Enjoy this narrative as it explores some of the most exciting stories and most interesting characters in all the Bible.