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Scofield's Reference Notes

1 Samuel Overview

 

 


Book Introduction - 1 Samuel

This book represents the personal history of Samuel, last of the Judges. It records the moral failure of the priesthood under Eli, and of the Judges in Samuel's attempt to make the office hereditary (1 Samuel 8:1). In his prophetic office Samuel was faithful, and in him begins the line of writing prophets. Henceforth the prophet, not the priest, is conspicuous in Israel. In this book the theocracy, as exercised through judges, ends (1 Samuel 8:7), and the line of kings begins with Saul.

The book is in four parts:

1. The story of Samuel to the death of Eli, 1 Samuel 1 Samuel 1:1 to 1 Samuel 4:22.

2. From the taking of the ark to the demand for a king, 1 Samuel 1 Samuel 5:1 to 1 Samuel 8:22.

3. The reign of Saul to the call of David, 1 Samuel 1 Samuel 9:1 to 1 Samuel 15:35.

4. From the call of David to the death of Saul, 1 Samuel 16:1 to 1 Samuel 31:13.

The events recorded in First Samuel cover a period of 115 years (Ussher).

 


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Bibliography Information
Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on 1 Samuel:4 Overview". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/1-samuel-0.html. 1917.

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