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This course, Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule, covers the books of Judges, Ruth and the book of 1 Samuel. These books contrast Israel as they rebelled against God’s rule in the period of Judges, but Ruth gives a snapshot of obedience during that same period. 1 Samuel examines Israel’s amazing transition from having God-as-their-King to having men-as-their kings.With a Premium subscription, you will also receive Ray C. Stedman’s teaching commentary related to this section of the Bible. Click here to see a sample chapter.
- To introduce students to survey information of the Old Testament.
- To help develop critical and practical aptitudes in understanding the Bible.
- To provide scholarly information that will help students better understand the historical and biblical context of the Old Testament.
- Harvard University, PhD
- Yale Divinity School, graduate studies
- Harvard University, BA
I appreciate the organization of these courses and I have learned so much about topics I felt like I had studied well before!Alexandria
I have to say that I have really enjoyed this class, because of how interesting the diverse characters have been. I had all these books read in a short amount of time, and have learned details that have caused the biblical chronology of events to make more sense in how they fit in. Thank you for this wonderful course. I’m looking forward to 2 Samuel now 🙂Karla
For an intermediate course, it was great. I always learned something which is the objective. Also, it makes me think hard about my own life.Rob
The course helped me to revisit the book of 1 Samuel and consider the main themes and lessons from the history. The lectures and notes were both academic and devotional. They were very helpful for me to understand the book.Mizuho
An excellent tool to understand the Old Testament – excellent summary.Danvy
Love the overview!Donald
These overview courses are great – plenty of gems to be found.Glen
Good summary of the book of Judges and 1 Samuel.Kim
Thank you for offering this course and accessible for us. Really appreciate how I think you made things easier and understandable. I love that you recognize ACSI. The subscription part is the way to do it and much cheaper! Thank you again!Galilee
The course was insightful and beneficial.Dale
Sometimes reading Samuel’s books seems long and hard to comprehend but this course brought clearer understanding to what had happened in those times and to characters like Samuel, Saul and David. Also, how the declining spirit of Saul failed him as king and was giving to the one whose heart was like the Lord’s, to David.Masayoshi
I really appreciate these courses! Thank you!Denise
I appreciate that it’s continually pointed out in the lessons that the lives of these people in the Bible are examples for us to learn from. Some are positive and some are negative. This is discussed and is helpful in my Christian walk.Lori
Excellent introduction to the books Judges through 1st Samuel.Spyder
Great comprehensive study of the OT Books of Judges and 1 Samuel.Sulaica