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The First Testament takes a dramatic turn (some would say another dramatic turn!) in the record of Samuel 1 & II. In addition to the assigned Scripture passages for this Unit and for the purpose of this discussion, please read also I Samuel 8 and I Samuel 16. Respond to the prompts below for this Unit’s discussion. Note that you’re also asked in this discussion to include at least one insight or concept from each of our textbooks by Vang/Carter and Richter; in doing so be sure to cite the source in a parenthetical note; e.g., (Richter, pg. xxx). This is appropriate whether you quote exactly from the text (use “quotation marks”), or reference a specific idea from one of the texts without quoting it exactly. In I Samuel 8, the Israelites ask Samuel for a king. First, what is the LORD’s response when Samuel tells the LORD of this request? Second, what are the implications of the LORD’s response? I Samuel 8 also records the LORD’s message to the Israelites through Samuel (vss. 10-18), to which the people respond very pointedly; see verses 19-20. What, in your opinion, is the impact or importance of this response? In I Samuel 16 the LORD directs Samuel in the process of finding a new king after Saul is rejected. How does this search reveal a different focus on a new king in light of the experience of Saul’s choice and reign as king? How does the LORD continue the process of making covenant with the Israelites through the kingship of David? How is this covenant alike or different from the Mosaic covenant? What is the ultimate implication of the LORD’s commitment to establishing David’s throne forever? In responding to this prompt, include at least one insight or comment from each of our textbooks (The Epic of Eden and Telling God’s Story) to support your ideas.

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