Theology & Philosophy

Liberty and the Law in Samuel I and II


The books of Samuel offer a unique account of the relationship of liberty and law, one that ultimately seeks to understand whether human beings are capable of reconciling their religious obligations with the necessities of political life. The concern of Samuel I and II was the establishment of a political order that was both capable of sustaining its existence as a political institution and simultaneously able to maintain its divine purpose for God's chosen people.


Conference Readings

Alter, Robert. Ancient Israel. The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2013.