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~2nd Samuel~

Bible Location:

The 10th book located between 1st Samuel and 1st Kings


Date of Writing:

Approximately between 930 bc and 722 bc, though exact date of writing is not known


Woman of This Book:



The Author Of This Book:

Many Christian and Jewish scholars believe that this book was authored by Nathan the prophet; Zabud, his son; Gad. although no concrete proof is available.

Brief Summary:

Samuel begins with the prophet Samuel’s birth and God’s call to him as a boy. The history of the Ark of the Covenant that tells of Israel’s oppression by the Philistines, which brought about Samuel’s anointing of Saul as Israel’s first king. 1st & 2nd Samuel records the birth, childhood and ministry of Samuel, the life of Saul and the first part of David’s life. 1st & 2nd Samuel records David as king at Hebron and then at Jerusalem and David’s last days. Jerusalem becomes the religious capital of Israel. But Saul proved unworthy and God’s choice turned to David, who defeated Israel’s enemies and brought the Ark to Jerusalem. 

Book Snipit:

The two Books of Samuel (Hebrew: Sefer Shmuel ספר שמואל‎) are part of the Deuteronomistic history, a series of books (Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings) in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament that constitute a theological history of the Israelites which explains God’s law for Israel under the guidance of the prophets.

Key Verses:

2 Samuel 7:16, 2 Samuel 12:13, 2 Samuel 22:47


Key Words:
The Lord lives!


Notable Events In This Book:

  • David becomes king of Judah and Israel
  • David conquers Israel’s enemies
  • David sins with Bathsheba
  • Bathsheba gives birth to Solomon
  • Absalom, David’s son, kills Amnon and returns to Jerusalem
  • David praises God


Key people in this book are:
Saul, David, Bathsheba, Solomon


Notable places are:
Judah, Israel

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