Samuel, Books of
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The two books of Samuel belong to what are known as the Hebrew canon’s “earlier prophets” (Joshua to 2 Kings). They derive their name from Samuel, who in these books variously appears in the role of prophet, priest, and judge, and whom, together with Nathan and Gad, rabbinic tradition held to be the author of these books (cf. 1 Chr. 29:29). The Septuagint calls the Books of Samuel and Kings together the Four Books of Kingdoms (Basileiōn); the Vg, the Four Books of Kings (Regum). The divi…

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Veijola, Timo, “Samuel, Books of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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