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The third book of Neviim about Shmuel the last Judge of the Jewish nation, his anointing of Shaul and David the first and second Kings and concerning their leadership of Israel

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Was Yehonatan a mored b'malchut?

In Shmuel 19:1 Shaul, the king, clearly gives instructions to kill David, which he reinforces even after swearing not to kill David (v.6) by sending soldiers to kill David and even going himself to do ...
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Why are there no Tehillim corresponding to earlier in David's life?

As far as I can tell Psalm 59 is the earliest explicit reference to events in David's life, corresponding to 1 Samuel 19. I would like to know if any commentaries explain why there are no Pslams which ...
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Did King David and his men living among the Philistines transition Israel into the iron age?

Apparently, during the reign of Saul, Israel was not yet in its iron age. See passage below, but Israel seems to be in the iron age during King David's reign. Did David's men learn how to work with ...
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Why did Yonatan start up with the Plishtim?

In 1 Shmuel 13 Yonatan seemingly unprovoked, attacks the Plishtim triggering a war. The text does not indicate that Yonatan was told to do this by Shaul, Shmuel or Hashem. Further on in the chapter we ...
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Any traditional sources that compare Rachav to the wife who hid Dovid in Shmuel II, perek 17?

Rachav hides the spies under some flax, then tells enemy they went in a different direction. The wife of the man in Bochurim hides Ahimaaz and Yehonasan under groats/ground wheat, and tells the enemy ...
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Any traditional sources that compare Itai the Gitti to Rus?

Are there any traditional sources comparing/contrasting Itai's deliberate choice to go with Dovid--after Dovid attempted to dissuade him--to Rus's deliberate choice to cast her lot with Naomi? Shmuel ...
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How did the Jews have weapons before they vanquished the Plishtim?

According to 1 Shmuel ch. 13 the Jews did not have weapons with which to fight the Plishtim yet in a previous battle in chapter 11 the Jewish army defeated the Ammonites, which would seemingly have ...
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Did Samuel delay fulfilling the commandment of God?

In 1 Samuel 9:16 God tells Samuel that the next day he is sending a man from Benjamin whom Samuel is to anoint as king. Samuel meets Saul and rather than simply anoint him, he invites him to a meal (...
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When did the Jews cry out about their king in fulfillment of Shmuel's prophecy?

In 1 Shmuel 8 Shmuel the Navi explains the laws of the king to the Jewish people and concludes with an apparent prophecy in pasuk 18: וּזְעַקְתֶּם֙ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֔וּא מִלִּפְנֵ֣י מַלְכְּכֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר ...
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Why did God punish the King's children

Why did God punish David’s children if the Torah says God doesn’t punish one’s children for the sins of the parents? 2 Samuel Chapter 12
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How do we reconcile the passages from 2 Samuel 10:18 which says David killed 700 Rechev with 1 Chronicles 19:18 which says David killed 7000 Rechev?

In Shmuel it says David killed 700 chariots, while in Divrei HaYamim it says David killed 7000 chariots? It uses the exact same language. How do we reconcile this?
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Explain the water pouring ceremony of Samuel

In 1 Samuel 7:6 as part of the repentance of the nation the people draw and pour out water. Many commentators explain this as being symbolic of obeisance as if their are pouring out their hearts. My ...
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Meaning of Shmuel 2:22:26

עִם־חָסִיד תִּתְחַסָּד עִם־גִּבּוֹר תָּמִים תִּתַּמָּם׃ With a kind person, You are kind. With a person strong in innocence, You are innocent. Shmuel 2:22:26 תָּמִים could also be translated as whole,...
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What about 1 Samuel ch. 16?

In 1 Samuel ch. 16:14-23 there's a strange story about an "evil spirit from the LORD" who started to terrify Shaul Ha-Melech until the young David was called to present before the king & ...
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(Why) did God take away free will from the sons of Eli?

In 1 Shmuel 2:25 it indicates that the sons of Eli don't repent for their sins because God wanted to kill them וְלֹ֤א יִשְׁמְעוּ֙ לְק֣וֹל אֲבִיהֶ֔ם כִּֽי־חָפֵ֥ץ ה' לַהֲמִיתָֽם But [the sons of Eli] ...
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Why did Yoav quote the pasuk of Amalek by Edom?

The Gemara (Bava Basra 21b) says that Yoav misread the passuk Deuteronomy 25:19 "Eradicate the memory of Amalek" as "Eradicate the males of Amalek" and thus only killed the males ...
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Why didn't David ask God what to do when Avshalom rebelled

During the conflict between David and Shaul, David inquired of God (perhaps via the urim v'tummim) as to how to behave (where he should go, what he should do etc.). However, when his son Avshalom ...
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Is Chushai to blame for the deaths in Avshalom's rebellion?

In 2 Shmuel 17 Ahitophel counsels Avshalom to immediately pursue David with 12,000 soldiers and predicts that they will be able to kill David without having to kill David's men. At David's behest, ...
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What are the peculiarities of a school or company of the prophets לַהֲקַ֚ת הַנְּבִיאִים֙ (1 Samuel 19:20)?

What are the peculiarities of a school or company of the prophets לַהֲקַ֚ת הַנְּבִיאִים֙ (I Samuel 19:20)? What did one learn in a school of the prophets? How did one become a student in a school of ...
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

Found out recently that צרויה as in (Yoav Ben Tzruyah) was actually Yoav’s mom and not his father. Why is Yoav constantly referred to as the son of his mother, when the Tanach norm is to use their ...
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Why did David hamstring the horses? [duplicate]

In 2 Shmuel 8:4 we read David captured 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers of his force; and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except for 100 which he retained. The traditional explanation ...
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Why is David able to continue being with his wives after they are captured

In 1 Shmuel 30 we learn that David's wives were taken captive by Amalekites. David and his men were able to retrieve them sometime later, however enough time seems to have passed that the captors ...
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Did David utter an unnecessary oath?

In 1 Shmuel 25 Avigail persuades David not to execute his plan to kill Naval and Naval's household. After David acquiesces to her plea he then continues in pasuk 34 to swear (see commentaries such as ...
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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

In 1 Shmuel 17:49 we read וַיִּשְׁלַח דָּוִד אֶת־יָדוֹ אֶל־הַכֶּלִי וַיִּקַּח מִשָּׁם אֶבֶן וַיְקַלַּע וַיַּךְ אֶת־הַפְּלִשְׁתִּי אֶל־מִצְחוֹ וַתִּטְבַּע הָאֶבֶן בְּמִצְחוֹ וַיִּפֹּל עַל־פָּנָיו ...
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Do any commentators equate 2 אֲחִיָּהs?

In 1 Shmuel 14:3 a Kohen named אֲחִיָּה carries the ephod and is a descendant of Eli who lived in Shiloh. In 1 Melachim 11 there is a similarly named person who is a prophet and is also from Shiloh. ...
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How did Saul prophesy after his rebellion?

In 1 Samuel 10, Saul was said to be given a new heart, and the Spirit of Hashem rushed upon him, and he prophesied with a group of prophets. (Please forgive my ignorance of Hebrew.) In 1 Samuel 16:14 ...
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Why did David’s harp playing relieve King Saul's illness?

David's harp playing brought relief to King Saul from his mental illness. (Source: I Samuel 16.) Why did the harp playing provide relief?
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Why did שמואל הנביא need permission to save his own life?

In יבמות ס״ה,ב׳ it brings the story of when Hashem told שמואל הנביא to go and anoint דויד, and שמואל asked Hashem what he should do in order not to arouse Shaul’s suspicion, thereby endangering his ...
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Dovid and Natan

In Shmuel Bet, Perek 12, pesukim 1-7, Dovid and Natan are speaking and Dovid tells Natan this man who stole the sheep deserves death and Natan says, this man is you! When listening to a shiur, the ...
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Malbim on the irrationality/illegitimacy of Amalek

Malbim on Shmuel 1:15:2 writes about the irrationality, or perhaps the illegitimacy of Amalek's war with Bnei Yisrael: "כה אמר ה' צבאות, הנה התורה בארה בטעם מצות מיחוי זכר עמלק כמה טעמים כמ&...
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Here I am- how did Moshe know that it was G-d calling him?

In Parashas Shemos, we read: And the angel of the L-rd appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not ...
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Did God's prophecy against Eli fail?

1 Samuel 2:27-36 details a prophecy against Eli and his house. One verse reads: 31 The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it ...
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How to refer to chapters in Shmuel Bet if one doesn't wish to use the Christian system of division

I saw someone refer to a section in Shmuel Samuel 1:16 When I questioned which book, I was told that there is only one book of Shmuel, the Christian system divides them. I would like to learn more ...
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How do we reconcile the 2 burial places of Rachel?

Rachel's burial place is located south of Jerusalem, near Bethlehem (in the territory of Judah) by Gen 48:7. But it is located north of Jerusalem (Zelzah/Ramah) in the territory of Benjamin by 1 ...
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What does it mean that Doeg the Edomite was "detained before the Lord"?

Now a certain man of the servants of Sha᾽ul was there that day, detained before the Lord; and his name was Do᾽eg the Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Sha᾽ul. (1 Sam. 21:8) Was ...
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Why does 1 Samuel 14:49 leave out Eshba'al?

I know of three lists of Saul's children: 1 Samuel 14:49 - Saul’s sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua. The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal. 1 Samuel 31:...
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Are there Answers for Objections to Saul's Reign Length?

Not Jewish but I've never come across a Christian defense of the reign length 1 Samuel 13:1 attributes Saul. This is probably because of Acts 13:21 and the messiness of the former verse(Saul's missing ...
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Did Saul consult the Urim before his final battle?

Scripture tells us that on the eve of his final battle, Saul besought God but was answered with no dream, Urim or prophets (Samuel 1.28.6). The midrash says that Saul chose not to consult with the ...
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What is the meaning of the name Yishai (Hebrew: יִשַׁי – Yišay, in pausa יִשָׁי‎ – Yišāy) translated into English as Jesse

The question arises from research I have been conducting into Jesse, who came from Bethlehem in Judah, and who was the father of David. 1 Sam 17:12 (JPS): Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of ...
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Was Ahitophel Punished In The Afterworld For Committing suicide

I have 2 Questions here: Was Ahitophel A Tzadik? (Righteous Person) Why did Ahitophel commit suicide in Shmuel 2 17:23, as in why did he think that this would be a good idea as opposed to just ...
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Tzadok the Kohen Gadol considered greater than Aharon and his sons?

When I was recently learning Sotah I saw on daf 48b that Tzadok, during the time of Dovid HaMelech, was a rare instance during that period, of someone who asked the Urim VeTumim and was answered. רַב ...
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For those who hold that David sinned, how was he allowed to ever marry Bat Sheba?

I might be erring here, but IIRC adulterers can't ever be married. For those who hold that David did sin, how was he allowed to marry Bat Sheba?
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For those who claim that David didn't sin, why didn't he marry Bat Sheva right away?

In the story of David sleeping secretly with Bat Shevah and trying to conceal his actions by fooling Uriah (II_Samuel.11.25). THe Gemmorah (Shabbat.56a) suggests that David didn't sin: "As Rabbi ...
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How does Nathan's "poor man’s lamb" parable relate to David's deeds?

IIRC, the story tells us that David sleeps with Uriah's wife, impregnates her, tries to get away with it and fails, commands his general to send the husband to be murdered, and after he dies, openly ...
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Did אָכִיש actually use Hashem?

וַיִּקְרָ֨א אָכִ֜ישׁ אֶל־דָּוִ֗ד וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵ֠לָיו חַי־יְהוָ֞ה כִּי־יָשָׁ֣ר אַתָּ֗ה (שמואל א 29:6) This has the פְּלִשְׁתִּי swearing by Hashem.
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Ark of the Covenant

During the journey a man named Uzza touched the Ark of the Covenant to support it and fell dead on the spot (2 Samuel 6:1-8, 1 Chronicles 13:9-10). Here are two questions: 1. Why does God kill for ...
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When was book of Shmuel written?

The Gmara says : שמואל כתב ספרו והכתיב (שמואל א כח, ג) ושמואל מת דאסקיה גד החוזה ונתן הנביא (Baba Batra 15:1), that is Shmuel, Gad and Nathan wrote the book of Shmuel. However, in Shmuel 1 27:6 it ...
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Question about Shmuel 1:11:11 and Tehillim 83:8

From what I can tell, whenever the word "Amon" - "עמון" appears in Tanach (not עמוני/ת, etc), it's always preceded by the word "bnei" - "בני", except for two ...
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G-d abrogated the Torah?

I was having a discussion with some Muslims regarding abolishing of the Mosaic law. During that discussion they produced the following as an example of abrogation taking place: Bamidbar 25:13 states: ...
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Multiple Tribes of Binyamin?

In the book "Sefer Yosef Breslevi", there's an essay by Yisrael Ben-Shem in which he raises multiple questions related to various appearances of people from the Tribe of Binyamin throughout ...
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