Session 8: Deuteronomistic History Part 3
By the end of this session you should be able to:
intelligently discuss a range of texts presenting different views of Ancient Israelite kingship
demonstrate a clear knowledge of different biblical understandings of monarchy and how they relate to wider themes and traditions within the Bible and to different periods of Israelite history
demonstrate an understanding of the main themes of the books of 1 & 2 Samuel
Blessed are you Lord our God,
for you come to us and seek to make your home in us.
As we study now, let our eyes and our ears be open to you
let our hearts find their rest and their joy in you
that we may grow in grace and live to your glory.
Blessed are you, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
In this session we will explore the books of 1 & 2 Samuel. It takes us to around 931BCE on the timeline and the end of that part of Israel's history where they were a united people under one King. Watch the video overviews of 1 & 2 Sameul and note down in your learning journal anything that strikes you.
You can find the Bibledex overviews of both books in the Resources section if you would like to watch them but this optional.
1 Samuel & 2 Samuel
The two books of 1 and 2 Samuel cover a lot of history and introduce some more of the main characters of the Old Testament: Samuel the prophet, and kings Saul and David. The characters of Samuel and David are portrayed in an interesting way by the Deuteronomist and deserve attention. Download a short summary in the Resources section.
It is a little known fact that there are actually two contradictory stories of the anointing of David. The first is found here in the book of 1 Samuel 16: 1-13 and the second is found in the book of 1 Chronicles 11:1-3. Read them both now. What do you make of the differences between these two stories? There will be some explanation of this in a later session but for now take some time to reflect on what you think about it.
Make notes of your thoughts for discussion in you tutorials.
Spotlight on Doctrine
Nathan's parable of the Ewe Lamb is a powerful example of helping someone to see what they've done wrong. David repents but his punishment is still harsh. How does this fit with the doctrine of forgiveness?
Spotlight on Spirituality
The story of David and Goliath is one of the most well known in the bible. It speaks of the power of God overcoming wekaness. When has this happened in your own life in some way - perhaps even a small way? And what about other times in history when this happened - can you think of any?
Spend some time prayerfully thinking about what you have discovered in this session. What are the most significant things for you? How might you use what you have learned in your own faith journey? Write this down in your learning journal.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, all things come from you:
from you come our life, this world and all that we have and are.
Teach us to love and respect your creation and give glory to you.
Blessed are you, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen
Something Practical To Do
If David represents the church and Goliath represents injustice and oppression in the world, what does your church do in your community to help overcome the Goliaths around you? What about the worldwide church?
Share some of what you have found on the discussion board in the Forum.