"Speak Lord, for your servant listens…" 1 Samuel 3:9
Leaders of Israel
From 2000 to 1500 B.C. Israel was led by Patriarchs.
From 1500 to 1000 B.C. they were led by Prophets.
From 1000 to 500 B.C. they were led by Princes (or Kings).
In the 500 years leading up to the time of Christ, they were led by Priests.
First Samuel begins with
Hannah, the anxious wife, desperate to have a child,
Eli, the ailing high priest,
Israel the arrogant army, and
Saul, the anointed king.
The main characters in the first Book of Samuel are: Samuel - the last judge; Saul - the first king; David - the best king of Israel and Jonathan, the adventurous son of King Saul.
Samuel, the prophet, pronounced God's judgement upon Saul, and anointed David as the future king.
David, the steadfast shepherd, the skilled musician, the superb warrior, then the suspected courtier, the stalked outlaw, and the soldier in exile.