I Samuel Analysis

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I Samuel Chapters 8 and 12

I Samuel is a book within the Hebrew Bible, written by Samuel, that illustrates how the people wanted to transition from being ruled by a deity to being ruled by a king. Samuel explains to the people that if they have a king he will take their sons, daughters, fields, crops, tax them, and turn everyone into slaves, but if they continue to accept their god, HaShem, as their king, then they can continue life as they know it. HaShem has done great things for the people already and has not wronged them, but if they refuse to accept Him then both they and their king will perish.

I Samuel seems to be a block of text that is deterring the people from accepting a human leader. It seems to explain to the Hebrews what will happen to them if they get a king and begin to reject HaShem. The author of the text seems to believe very strongly that life without a human king yields a far superior quality of living over being under a human's rule. He lists multiple predictions of what a human king will do to them such as "he will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers", and "he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants." The priest, Samuel, who wrote this text is telling his people that HaShem is a great king and will not do harm on to them, unless they reject HaShem and accept a human king instead.

The author without a question is writing to the Hebrew people, of his community, who question their faith within their God. It seems that...