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Allie McKinney February 12, 2015 Reading Questions – “Samuel, the Monarchy, and the Divided Kingdom” The “Introduction to 1 Samuel” states that the Deuteronomistic History stresses three matters: 1. Obedience to the law 2. Jerusalem as Israel’s central place of worship 3. The kingship of David When reading Judges, we noted a certain pattern that existed in the narration of the various judges. Is that pattern present in 1 Samuel 1—4, together with chapter 7? If so, can you describe the similarities? If not, how are they different? In judges, there is a pattern of infidelity, oppression, “crying out,” and deliverance. Similarly, in 1Samuel 1-4 & 7, we see again Hannah is infertile, is miserable and made fun of, cries out to the lord for a son and is given Solomon. How is the monarchy (i.e., kingship) depicted in 1 Samuel 8? The monarchy is depicted as one that will ruin the kingdom and make the people unhappy, although they do not listen. The words of Samuel depicting the kingdom serve as a warning to the people that if they insist on
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