The Young Prophet Samuel Healing Oil
The Young Prophet Samuel is a figure who in the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, plays a key role in the transition from the period of the biblical judges to the institution of a kingdom under Saul, and again in the transition from Saul to David. He venerated as a prophet by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In addition to his role in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Samuel’s mother Hannah and his father Elkanah. Elkanah lived at Ramathaim in the district of Zuph. His genealogy also found in a pedigree of the Kohathites and in that of Heman the Ezrahite, apparently his grandson.
According to the genealogical tables in Chronicles, Elkanah was a Levite – a fact not mentioned in the books of Samuel. The fact that Elkanah, a Levite, was denominated an Ephraimite. Is analogous to the designation of a Levite belonging to Judah.
After the child weaned, she left him in Eli’s care, and from time to time she would come to visit her son.
Samuel, the son of Elkanah (of Ephraim) and Hannah, was born in answer to the prayer of his previously childless mother. In gratitude she dedicated him to the service of the chief sanctuary of Shiloh, in the charge of the priest Eli. He appears at first as being hostile to the monarchy and then as being favourable to it. He is the spokesman of Yahweh in the election both of Saul and of David.
Yet, the picture not entirely straightforward, and a close examination of the material. As conducted by a large number of critical historians, reveals inconsistencies that raise questions about both the history of Samuel and the sources in which this history has preserved.