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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

1 Samuel 1:1–25:1

THEME

Obedience to God

SETTING

c.1150 BCE The Tabernacle, which is at Shiloh at the beginning of Samuel’s story, and then moved to Samuel’s hometown, Ramah.

KEY FIGURES

Samuel Begins as Eli’s prodigy in the Tabernacle, and quickly becomes God’s mouthpiece to the Israelites.

Eli Priest at the Tabernacle recognized as a judge by the Israelites. Eli’s two sons are known troublemakers.

Saul Israel’s first king, who turns away from God’s ways.

David Israel’s second king, whose legacy as Israel’s greatest national leader remains to this day.

For nearly 300 years, the tribes of Israel had been loosely governed by ...

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