Bible History: The Kingdom of Saul

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Saul's military campaigns resulted in the Israelites having to pay higher taxes.

False

According to Deuteronomy chapter 17, the king of Israel should be chosen from among the countrymen.

True

David's military conquests led to a significant expansion of his kingdom.

True

Solomon's reign was characterized by apostasy.

True

The king of Israel was allowed to multiply horses according to Deuteronomy chapter 17.

False

The Phoenicians and northern peoples became vassals of David's kingdom.

True

The king of Israel was allowed to multiply wives according to Deuteronomy chapter 17.

False

Israel's desire for a king was driven by their desire to be like the other nations around them.

True

Samuel's period was marked by a significant expansion of the Israelite kingdom.

False

The king of Israel was allowed to greatly increase silver and gold for himself according to Deuteronomy chapter 17.

False

David's military victories led to a significant influx of wealth into his kingdom.

True

The text portrays Israel's desire for a king as a rebellion against the Lord.

True

Israel's desire for a king was contrary to God's plan.

False

Yahweh was not fighting Israel's battles effectively.

False

Solomon was the first king of Israel.

False

The people of Israel wanted a king to fight their battles and win like other nations.

True

The Lord rejected the people's request for a king.

False

David had already been born when the people of Israel asked for a king.

False

Saul was the king who ultimately acted for Yahweh's well-being and not his own.

False

David's conquests were free from the influence of pagan nations.

False

Solomon's reign was marked by complete loyalty to Yahweh.

False

The economic impact of Israel's military victories was entirely positive.

False

Israel's relationship with neighboring nations was always marked by conflict and war.

False

Samuel was pleased with the Israelites' request for a king.

False

The Israelites' desire for a king was seen as a rejection of Yahweh's rule over them

True

David's military victories led to a significant expansion of his kingdom

True

Solomon's reign was marked by faithfulness to the Lord

False

The Israelites' desire for a king was driven by their desire to be unique from the other nations around them

False

David's military conquests led to a significant influx of wealth into his kingdom

True

Saul's military campaigns resulted in the Israelites having to pay lower taxes

False

Study Notes

Saul and David's Kingdoms

  • Saul strengthens the Israelites, gains victory, and expands his kingdom (purple area on the map).

  • As a result, Saul gains spoil and doesn't need to raise taxes.

  • David's kingdom is expansive (green area on the map), with military victories and treaties with Phoenicians and northern peoples.

  • David gains wealth and tribute through his military exploits, as mentioned in 2 Samuel and Chronicles.

Israel's Rebellion and the Request for a King

  • Israelites request a king, despite God's warning through Samuel that a king will take tribute from them.
  • The Israelites want a king like other nations, which is a form of rebellion against God.
  • Deuteronomy 17:14-17 sets the criteria for a king, emphasizing that the king should be God's choice, from among their countrymen, and not focused on military strength or human diplomacy.

God's Response and Warning

  • God says that He will give the Israelites a king, but warns them of the consequences, including the king's tendency to serve his own interests over God's.
  • The Israelites will cry out to God because of the king they have chosen, but God will not answer them in that day (1 Samuel 8:18).

Interpretive Issues

  • The text presents an ambivalence towards Israel's request for a king, with God both giving in to their request and warning them of the consequences.
  • This ambivalence may be due to the combination of multiple sources with differing views on the kingship.

Learn about the period of the judges and the rise of King Saul, who strengthened the Israelites and brought them victory and rest. This quiz covers the early history of Israel and the kingdom of Saul.

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