By John Riddle
1. The identify of the Book
In the Hebrew manuscripts, 1 & 2 Samuel shape one ebook, and an identical structure applies to at least one & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles. within the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek, made at Alexandria within the 3rd century BC (the paintings really started in 280 BC), 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings are referred to as the 1st, moment, 3rd, and Fourth Books of the Kingdoms. (It is named the Septuagint simply because, it truly is alleged, seventy students have been concerned with the translation). The be aware “Kingdoms” refers, in fact, to the 2 kingdoms of Judah and Israel. The Latin Vulgate translation repeated the Septuagint department of Samuel and Kings into books every one, yet known as them the 1st, moment, 3rd, and Fourth Books of the Kings (not “Kingdoms”). this is often the beginning of the sub-titles to those 4 books in our permitted model. for instance, lower than the name “The First publication of Samuel”, you will discover “Otherwise known as the 1st e-book of the Kings”.
2. the placement of the Book
First Samuel covers the interval of Israel’s historical past starting with the beginning of Samuel to the dying of Saul - nearly 100 and fifteen years (1171-1056 BC). It was once a most vital interval for no less than purposes. First, the period of the Judges ended, and the period of the prophets started, and, moment, the period of direct divine rule ended, and the period of the earthly monarchy commenced.
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