Books of Samuel
Written during the exile of the 6th century.
Compilation of earlier sources and documents.
The stories are reflecting a transitional time as Israel moves from tribalism to a kingdom.
Israel is tribal. They are shifting into a kingdom. 1 and 2 Samuel describe the transition that takes place between Judges and 1 Kings.
The country is a mess. The culture is a mess. The heroic past events of the exodus, Sinai, the wandering and the conquest under Joshua are almost forgotten. Things have collapsed in the Promised Land.
Dark Days when everyone does what seems right in their own eyes.
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