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Old Testament book covering the prophet Samuel, the reign of King Saul, and the rise of David.

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Has Hanna of 1 Samuel 1 been a subject of study as role model of personal prayer?

In 1 Samuel 1:9-15 we see the childless Hanna speaking to the Lord: 9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the ...
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Why was the dead body of Saul cremated?

We read in 1 Samuel 31 how Saul, his sons and generals killed themselves rather than surrender to Philistines. The valiant men of Israel retrieved their dead bodies ,burned them and buried the bones ...
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If you die when you touch the ark how did the Philistines able to raid the ark cause the rod and the manna were missing when Solomon built the temple?

When were Aaron's budded rod and the golden jar of manna still with the ark? When Solomon built his temple the only thing in the ark was the stone tablets. But if the Philistines took them, how ...
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How does a non-God Jesus sitting as King forever correct the rejection of God as King that began in Samuel's day?

In 1 Samuel chapter 8 we see an aged Samuel giving his sons authority to judge Israel. His sons did not act with integrity and the leaders of Israel come asking Samuel to set a king over them like ...
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Did the oil fail to come out 1 Samuel 16?

Heard one preacher teaching on 1 Samuel 16 that when the prophet came to annoint another king in the house of Jesse he actually tried to pour oil on David's brothers but it would not come out until he ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, what's wrong with an "Occam's razor" interpretation of 1 Samuel 28 (Saul and the Medium of En-dor)?

By an Occam's razor interpretation of 1 Samuel 28, I mean an interpretation that is as straightforward as possible, which doesn't require making unnecessary assumptions or special pleadings in the way ...
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Was Samuel commissioned at twelve according to the SDA?

As I was going through the book of Samuel I came across an interesting comment from EGW concerning the commissioning of Samuel. According to the comment below Samuel was commissioned at twelve years &...
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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that the Ark of the Covenant was at Shiloh?

Is there any extra-Biblical evidence that the Ark of the Covenant resided at Shiloh during the time of 1 Samuel 4?
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Why are Ahimelech and Abiathar reversed in 2 Sam. 8:17?

In 1 Samuel 22:20-23, we see that Ahimelech was killed by the order of Saul and his son Abiathar escaped: 20 But one son of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after ...
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According to Catholicism at the Upper Room, did the Apostles follow the tradition of laying of hands and pouring of oil like the prophet Samuel?

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brother, and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward." 1 Samuel 16:13 And Samuel words saying ...
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Where did the priests who served the Lord in Shiloh live?

I am currently editing a children's book of biblical stories. In the story of Samuel, the book says that Samuel went to live with Eli in the house of the Lord. 1 Samuel 3: 1-4 (NIV): 1 The boy ...
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Is God really Merciful according to the Bible?

1st Samuel 15, Saul disobeys God but the Bible says that God is Merciful also He commanded that "Thou shall not kill". Why did He ask Saul to kill all the Amalekite people without sparing their ...
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Israel without spears and the value of a shekel

It is stated in 1 Samuel 13:19-22 that Saul's army didn't have any swords or spears, due to the Philistines "not allowing" Israeli blacksmiths. [19] Now there was no blacksmith to be found ...
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The sacrificial perogative of the kings of Israel [closed]

Why was the sacrifice offered by Saul at Gilgal rejected by God while obviously the sacrifices of David and Solomon at a later time were evidently accepted? Did it have anything to do with the death ...
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Was Samuel a judge?

Samuel appears only outside the book of Judges, and in my skimming of the first few chapters of 1 Samuel he isn't actually called a judge (just a prophet) yet I often hear him called a judge elsewhere....
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How do Baptists interpret the summoning of Samuel by the medium of Endor?

Considering that Baptists generally believe that the soul of a faithful servant of God is immediately united with God upon death, how does the Baptist Church interpret 1 Samuel 28:8: 8 So Saul ...
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What were the advantages of a monarchy system that Israel wanted? [closed]

From Israel's perspective, what were the advantages of being a monarchy "just like other nations" (1 Samuel 8:5)? What negative effects during the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon did Israel ...
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How well-accepted are Thomas Paine's views about the Bible being against monarchy?

One of the most influential works which convinced people to support the American Revolution was a pamphlet by Thomas Paine called "Common Sense". (I first heard about it on Liberty's Kids!) ...
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In 1 Samuel 20:30.. Is Saul saying: "SON of a *****?"? [closed]

After reading those verses from 1 sam 20:1-30, it seems like Saul is actually Screaming: You "SON of a *****?"?... but the Bible writers or translators seems to polish that verse with seemingly "...
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What is the understanding of "an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him"? [duplicate]

In 1 Sam 16:14-23 (RSVCE), David Plays the Lyre for Saul, the passage opens 14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. God is said to be ...
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Why couldn't a person in the OT be both priest and king?

In 1 Samuel 13, Saul is king and yet performs priestly duties even though he shouldn't have. Samuel rebukes Saul and tells him that his kingdom is slowly coming to an end because of his disobedience. ...
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Who Killed the giant Goliath? [duplicate]

We read in 1 Samuel 17: "David killed Goliath" And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and ...
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Why is a distressing spirit said to be from God? [closed]

1 Samuel 16 reads: 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from ...
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Is David's Love for Jonathan erotic? [closed]

The following verses about David and Jonathan's relationship have lead some to say their relationship was more than platonic. Is there any reason to think that was the case? Now it came about when he ...
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Did the "spirit of Samuel" come from God? [closed]

Was the "spirit of Samuel" that the witch of Endor summoned (1st Samuel 28:11-19) from God or from Satan?
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Are parents responsible/accountable for the sins of their children? [closed]

Reading 1 Samuel 2:12 et seq, one could say that Eli is treated the same way as his wicked sons, although he tried to dissuade them from doing their sins. Generally speaking, are parents today ...
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Who is "Samuel" in the story of Saul, Samuel, and the Medium? [closed]

In 1st Samuel 28, Saul gets the witch of Endor to summon Samuel back from the dead. Is this really Samuel or some demon impersonating Samuel? If it is the real Samuel here, how does this woman have ...
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Who killed Goliath?

These two passages appear to be contradictory: So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (1 Samuel 17:...
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