We will begin our learning of the books of Shmuel within the context of his other writings (i.e. Shoftim and Ruth). Through noting parallel phrases and themes, we will sensitize ourselves to the religious commentary Shmuel HaNavi offers regarding the question of proper leadership and monarchy in particular. Shmuel’s particular style, name puns and allusions will enhance our understanding of the religious messages he teaches his generation for perpetuity. We will incorporate midrashim, classical medieval parshanut and modern literary exegesis as we explore the beginning of kingship in Israel and the monarchy of Shaul as described in the opening chapters of Sefer Shmuel.