Overview of 1Samuel

9th book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and 4th one among 12 historical books

The Book of 1 Samuel covers a period of about 140 years, beginning with the birth of Samuel at about 1150 B.C., and ending with the death of Saul at about 1010 B.C

Samuel’s name means “name of God.”

Samuel is a miracle child

Samuel is from tribe of levi

Samuel is nazarite

Samuel is the only ghost we meet in BIBLE

Samuel led great Passovers(2ch 35:18)

GOD called Samuel twice by his name


Was a man of prayer.

Began the school of the prophets.

Anointed Israel’s first two kings (Saul & David)

The books of 1 & 2 Samuel were originally one book in the Hebrew Bible. It was known as the “Book of Samuel.”

1 & 2 Samuel, along with 1 & 2 Kings, form a continuous narrative devoted to recording the early years of the Hebrew monarchy

1 Samuel describes the transition of leadership in Israel from the Judges to the kings. The transition involves three stages

From Eli to Samuel.

From Samuel to Saul.

From Saul to David.

Three characters are prominent in 1 Samuel:

Samuel, the last Judge.

Samuel, the first Israel prophet

Saul, Israel’s first king.

David, the king-elect, anointed but not yet recognized as Saul’s successor

Samuel was but a young child when God called him.

Just as Eli’s sons were evil, when Samuel was old, his sons proved to be unjust leaders, resulting in the people calling for a king to rule over them.