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    1 Samuel 25 Summary

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    The biblical book of 1 Samuel lays out the foundation of some of ancient Israelis most famous and influential kings, describing in detail the rise of king David, and the reign of his predecessor Saul. However, while presented as Israeli history, the tales of Samuel possess a clear bias in favor of King David, as the text attempts to exonerate him of any wrongdoing during his rise to king. 1 Samuel 25, a small excerpt from this larger kingship narrative, possesses important social and literal conflicts, as it broaches the notions of honor and shame, two principles of upmost importance in ancient Israeli society. The narrative tells of David’s positive challenge to a rich land owner, Nabal, requesting an offer of hospitality in exchange for his…

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    and Samuel, Saul, and David in the Books of Samuel, all display these characteristics. Most people think that a leader is supposed to be perfect and have no flaws but that is not true. Odysseus, Samuel, Saul and David all had their own faults while leading but they still managed to lead victoriously. The first quality that a good leader should have is courage. Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one or it is someone who has strength in the face of pain or grief. In the book…

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    Over the course of this semester, I was reminded of different characters from the Bible that I remember learning about from religion class growing up. I was reintroduced to Samuel, Saul, David, Jonathan, and Absalom. Learning about these characters now was different then learning about them when I was younger because I have developed more as a person and now see things differently than before. I was able to make new connections for these biblical characters as well as learn new things from…

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    A staggering number of people exist throughout the world; however, no living creature is exactly identical to another. The average everyday person has the power to do the impossible, even when the majority of people lack faith. Axiomatically, people are going to face trials that seem relentless, but a book was written that can help people to conquer the impossible. The Holy Bible is the only living word that serves as the instruction manual to guide people through tenacious trials and the tasks…

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    RICHARD RODGERS Question: “Is the book of Jonah fiction? How could a person survive three days and nights in a fish’s belly? Was he swallowed by a fish or a mammal?” First: Although it has been argued that the Old Testament book of Jonah is a fairy tale, the Lord Himself referred to it as a sign that His teaching was true. (Matthew 12: 39-41) Fiction proves nothing. Second: Whether this was a miracle or the providential operation of God the facts remain the same. God may have performed a…

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    they are the abandoners of the individuals with the injustice behaviors. A king was one that people turned to for help in difficult times, and protected them when they needed one. Those were qualities and characteristics that the ancient Hebrews demanded and expected from a king. However, the king that was chosen lacked not only some of these characteristics, but also failed to meet these high expectations. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to…

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    out of a window and escaped. Michal took an idol and lait it on the bed. She covered it with clothes and put goat’s hair at it’s head. Messengers came to take David as prisoner but Michal said he was sick. Saul them wanted David to be brought on his bed so he can be killed and the messengers only saw an idol on the bed. Saul realized Michal tricked him and he asked “Why did you let my enemy run away?” Michal answered Saul that David told her if she didn’t help him get away, he would kill her.”…

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    known for taking brides on their wedding nights, and then leaves them to their husbands (Foster [Tr.] 108). Just as the dream forecasted, Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s first night of meeting is in the center of town and just prior to Gilgamesh readies himself to defile a young virgin on her wedding night as he has done to so many girls before. Enkidu stops him at the doorway and they wrestled until Gilgamesh pins him down and they embrace, kiss and join hands one to another. Similarly, in the bible…

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    Not only is David running away for his life in 1 Samuel 25, but he also has to deal with people who do not respect him and challenge his honor. The man named Nabal is just one example of someone who does not believe David has honor, which he displays and then surprisingly, his household does not act in accordance with his position. Why do Nabal’s men and wife Abigail go behind Nabal’s back to appease David, when that is the exact opposite of what Nabal does as the head of the household? The main…

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    2: 1-10 Hannah Prayer

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    Introduction The story of Hannah, found in 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10, is often used as a sermon topic on Mother’s Day. While this extraordinary woman of the Scriptures personifies ideal motherhood, her prayer for a son and subsequent psalm of thanksgiving is indeed a splendid model today for a person’s petitions and response. In the Old Testament, Hannah’s prayer is the only prayer from a women. In fact, “until that point men did all liturgical speaking and prayer publicly, for the entire community,…

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