The first book of Samuel

The ladies’ Bible study group I attend has been studying the first book of Samuel this academic year. For readers who are unfamiliar with the books of the Old Testament I’ll mention briefly what the book is about. It is the story of how the people of Israel appointed their first king, Saul, picked out by the prophet, Samuel and the adventures of Saul’s son, Jonathan and David, who is arguably the most famous Old Testament character.
We used a commentary by Dale Ralph Davis, (1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart). Davis is now retired, having been pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.
I found it helpful that we had some American ladies in our group, who were able to explain some of his humorous comments. (We use different brands of glue, for instance.) The commentary breaks the book up unto 29 sections and we doubled up for some of our studies to enable us to complete the whole book in the number of meetings we scheduled.
Although these events occurred thousands of years ago, there is much to be learned from them about how God deals with people and situations. There are discussion questions after each chapter of the commentary, which we prepared before each meeting. We have been enjoying the study so much that we intend to continue in the autumn with the second book of Samuel, using 2 Samuel: Out of every adversity, also by Dale Ralph Davis.

2 thoughts on “The first book of Samuel

    • I’ve been very fortunate for the past three years or so. A local group of ladies did “The Amazing Collection” twice. I joined in at the beginning of the NT first time around. I don’t think for a minute I’d be blogging if I hadn’t. I also use Bible reading notes, which I have been doing for many years, whether or not a good group has been available. There are a lot of good devotional or teaching blogs around, but there is really nothing to compare with studying with a group. Sue


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