Claim to Fame:
Was the first of the major prophets who preached inside the Land of Israel and the last of the Israelite judges.
Kings He Anointed:
Anointed, or performed the ritual that empowered, Saul and David as the first Israelite kings.
Couldn’t persuade the Israelites to rely on God rather than on a human king.
“Above all you must honor and serve Adonai faithfully with all your heart; and consider how generously God has dealt with you. For if you continue in your wrongdoing, both you and your king will be swept away” (1 Samuel 12: 24 – 25).
Established a rule of kings, a monarchy, based on loyalty to God’s teachings.
- Born in Ramah, in the hill country of Ephraim, second half of the eleventh century BCE.
- Hebrew Name: Sh’muel, meaning “God has heard.” Samuel’s mother said she named her son Sh’muel because “I asked God for him [and was heard]” (1 Samuel 1:20).