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Mobile Ed: OT321 Book Study: 1 & 2 Samuel (8 hour course - audio)

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Explore the book of Samuel with Dr. David Lamb. Learn more about the book’s complex narrative and its role in the canon. Dig into the poetry within Samuel, as well as key themes, including wisdom, folly, obedience, the consequences of sin, and leadership.

This is the audio only version of OT321 Book Study: 1 & 2 Samuel. To purchase the full course, click here.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introductory Issues

  • Let’s Call It Samuel
  • Composition of Samuel
  • Theories of Deuteronomistic Redaction
  • Samuel and the Canon
  • Prophets in the Former Prophets
  • Overview of Samuel
  • Textual Problems in the Book of Samuel

Unit 2: Eli and His Evil Sons, Hannah and Her Righteous Son

  • Working through the Text of Samuel
  • Eli and Hannah
  • Poetry in the Book of Samuel
  • Hannah’s Prayer
  • Eli’s Evil Sons and the Elide Judgment

Unit 3: The Call of Samuel and the Ark Narrative

  • The Call of Samuel
  • The Ark Narrative: The Ark Is Captured
  • The Ark Narrative: Sending the Ark back to Israel

Unit 4: Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

  • Samuel as Prophet
  • Samuel as Priest
  • Samuel as Judge

Unit 5: Samuel and Saul: Establishing the Monarchy

  • Legitimacy, Longevity, and Legacy
  • The Law of the King
  • The Transition from Samuel’s Judgeship to Saul’s Kingship
  • Saul’s Anointing
  • Saul Is Declared King by Samuel
  • Samuel’s Final Address to the People

Unit 6: The Downfall of Saul

  • Saul’s Premature Sacrifice
  • The Amalekites: The Divine Command to Wipe Out the Amalekites
  • The Amalekites: Samuel’s Response and Saul’s Disobedience
  • The Amalekites: Saul’s Confession

Unit 7: Royal Legitimation: Divine Election and Prophetic Anointing

  • Divine Election
  • Prophetic Anointing

Unit 8: David’s Rise

  • Comparing the Sins of David and Saul, and David’s Anointing
  • David and Goliath
  • David and the Tel Dan Stele
  • David Hunted by Saul
  • David Inquires of Yawheh
  • David Doesn’t Kill Saul and Nabal, but God Does
  • Wise Women in Samuel: Abigail
  • Wise Women in Samuel: The Woman of Tekoa and the Woman of Abel
  • David and the Ark
  • The Davidic Promise: Part 1
  • The Davidic Promise: Part 2
  • The Davidic Promise: Part 3

Unit 9: David’s Fall

  • David’s Family: Murder, Rape, and Adultery: Part 1
  • David’s Family: Murder, Rape, and Adultery: Part 2
  • Nathan’s Parable
  • David’s Family: Amnon, Tamar, and Absalom
  • The Rebellion of Absalom: Part 1
  • The Rebellion of Absalom: Part 2
  • The Rebellion of Absalom: Part 3
  • David’s Return to Jerusalem and the Rebellion of Sheba

Unit 10: The “Appendices” of Samuel and Conclusion to the Course

  • The Gibeonites Are Avenged, and David’s Mighty Men
  • David’s Census
  • Conclusion of the Course
  • David’s Song

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About David Lamb

Dr. David Lamb is associate professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has been teaching Old Testament at Biblical Seminary since 2006, and has been blogging ( since the spring of 2011. His dissertation, Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs, was published in 2007 (Oxford) and his book God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? was published in 2011 (InterVarsity Press).