9 Facts About Samuel

1. Herbert Lockyer and others have seen in Samuel's combined offices of prophet, priest, and ruler a foreshadowing of Christ.

2. Samuel is portrayed as a judge who leads the military, as the judges in the Book of Judges, and who exercises judicial functions.

3. Samuel is described in the biblical narrative as being buried in Ramah.

4. Samuel confronted Saul for his disobedience and told him that God made him king, and God can unmake him king.

5. Samuel promised that God would subject the people to foreign invaders should they disobey.

6. Samuel interpreted this as a personal rejection, and at first was reluctant to oblige, until reassured by a divine revelation.

7. Samuel initially assumed it was coming from Eli and went to Eli to ask what he wanted.

8. Samuel worked under Eli in the service of the shrine at Shiloh.

9. Samuel is a figure who, in the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, plays a key role in the transition from the period of the biblical judges to the institution of a kingdom under Saul, and again in the transition from Saul to David.