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The books of Samuel deal with the changing of Israel's relationship with God. Israel starts to question the laws laid out by God in the book of Deuteronomy. They didn't just question it, they flat out rejected it.

Judgment of Eli's Sons and Hannah's Miracle[edit]

Hophni and Phineas pissed everyone because of their conduct. Eli, a god fearing man, has maintained no order in the priestly family. At the same time, we pan out to Hannah, who cannot have a child. She tells God that if he blesses her with child, he will be dedicated to Him. She prays and prays, and God, through the blessing of Eli, delivers her a child, named Samuel. Chronicles tells us that he is of the tribe of Levi.

Years go by, and when Samuel is old enough to travel to Shiloh with Hannah, Hannah "gives him back to the Lord.

Meanwhile, Hophni and Phineas are boiling meat in pots, having sex with women who served at the entrance of the house of the lord, and many other "terrible" acts. Eli, who is now an old man, asks his sons "Why do you do these things?" His son's did not answer, and continued their evil deeds to the point where God takes away the guaranteed priesthood of Eli's family.[1] God begins talking directly to Samuel, and makes sure all of his visions come true, and when Samuel spoke, "all of the Israelites listened."

Battle with the Philistines[edit]

The Israelites go to battle with the Philistines, and the Philistines steal the Ark of the Covenant. They also managed to kill Eli's two sons.[2] Eli falls out of his chair, cracks his neck, and dies. For some reason, the Philistines begin to fear God's wrath, and return the Ark with a large offering to God.


  1. About this time, in 1 Samuel 3:1, it mentions "In those days, it was rare for the Lord to speak directly to people." This must be where he started shunning us.
  2. Eli is "now 98 years old and blind."