Book of Second Samuel
The book of Second Samuel encompasses the entire forty-year ruler ship of David over Israel. It cannot be ascertained with any certainty as to who wrote this Bible book or when it was written. At 1 Chronicles 29:29 we learn that Samuel the seer, Gad the seer and Nathan the prophet wrote concerning the affairs of David and all that he did during his kingship. These records could then have been used by someone at a later time period to compile this Bible book and the same material used by a different writer in the compilation of 1 Chronicles.
Second Samuel is can be divided into four sections:
- Chapters 1-4 record the events of David's early reign over the two-tribe kingdom of Judah.
- Chapters 5-10 records the uniting of the kingdom under David, his conquering the entire territory allotted to Israel by Jehovah and the covenant Jehovah made with him.
- Chapters 11-21 records David's sin with Bathsheba and the resulting consequences to his family including his son Absalom's treachery and his return to the throne.
- Chapters 22-24 records the final years of David's life. Second Samuel does not record the death of David.