Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule

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Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule


Number of Lessons: 2Avg. Lesson Length: 26 MinutesTime Required: 2 Hours MinimumLevel: Intermediate


This course, Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule, covers the books of Judges, Ruth and the book of 1 Samuel. These books contrast Israel as they rebelled against God’s rule in the period of Judges, but Ruth gives a snapshot of obedience during that same period. 1 Samuel examines Israel’s amazing transition from having God-as-their-King to having men-as-their kings.

With this course you will also receive Ray C. Stedman’s teaching commentary related to this section of the Bible. Click here to see a sample chapter.


For an intermediate course, it was great. I always learned something which is the objective. Also, it makes me think hard about my own life.

Course Reviewed: 1 month ago

The course helped me to revisit the book of 1 Samuel and consider the main themes and lessons from the history. The lectures and notes were both academic and devotional. They were very helpful for me to understand the book.

Course Reviewed: 2 months ago


ProfessorDouglas K. Stuart, PhD
  • Harvard University, PhD
  • Yale Divinity School, graduate studies
  • Harvard University, BA


  1. To introduce students to survey information of the Old Testament.
  2. To help develop critical and practical aptitudes in understanding the Bible.
  3. To provide scholarly information that will help students better understand the historical and biblical context of the Old Testament.

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An excellent tool to understand the Old Testament – excellent summary.

Course Reviewed: 5 months ago

Love the overview!

Course Reviewed: 11 months ago

These overview courses are great – plenty of gems to be found.

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

Good summary of the book of Judges and 1 Samuel.

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

Thank you for offering this course and accessible for us. Really appreciate how I think you made things easier and understandable. I love that you recognize ACSI. The subscription part is the way to do it and much cheaper! Thank you again!

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

The course was insightful and beneficial.

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

Sometimes reading Samuel’s books seems long and hard to comprehend but this course brought clearer understanding to what had happened in those times and to characters like Samuel, Saul and David. Also, how the declining spirit of Saul failed him as king and was giving to the one whose heart was like the Lord’s, to David.

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

I really appreciate these courses! Thank you!

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago


Course Reviewed: 1 year ago

I appreciate that it’s continually pointed out in the lessons that the lives of these people in the Bible are examples for us to learn from. Some are positive and some are negative. This is discussed and is helpful in my Christian walk.

Course Reviewed: 1 year ago