The Beginnings of Monarchy 10-3

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The Beginnings of Monarchy I. Overview of 1 and 2 Samuel- contain a lot of interesting stories, esp those connected with King David (thought to be greatest king in Israel) story of his rise to power and predecessors. a. Transition from Judges to Kings i. These books function as a kind of transition. 1 & 2 Kings about good and bad kings. God sends in the Assyrians to destroy the northern kingdom, Israel, and later southern kingdom- Judah. ii. Judges- about time when Israel didn’t have kingdom, only 12 tribes who descended from 12 sons of Jacob. No precise correlation between sons and tribes (Levi-priests can’t own land and Joseph-his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh) 1. Deuteronomistic historians didn’t think much of Judges, people were doing what was right in their own eyes. iii. Different groups within Canaan were loose confederation of tribes. Eventually become consolidated into a kingdom- a monarchy with a king over the entire land. iv. About three major figures in ancient Israelite history (1 & 2 Samuel) 1. Samuel- last judge anoints Saul 2. Saul- first king 3. David- greatest king, Saul’s successor b. Flow of the Narrative i. Begins with birth of Samuel- miraculous birth from mother (unable to bear children) ii. Becomes great judge of Israel. His sons not of high quality or virtue. Needed to appoint a king. By requesting a king, Israelites
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course RELI 103 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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