Why is the book called “2 Samuel”?
The Hebrew titles for both books were originally called Samuel, and the Greek title for 2 Samuel was Basileion Beta, which means “second kingdom.” The book of Samuel was originally divided because it took more Greek letters than Hebrew letters, and the content couldn’t fit on one scroll. The second book continues to carry Samuel’s name.
Who wrote 2 Samuel?
Obviously Samuel didn’t write this book that’s named for him, because he was dead during the events that are recorded here. Many feel that the two prophets who served under David, Nathan and Gad, referred to in 1 Chronicles 29:29, were the authors of this book because 2 Samuel is referred to in this reference.
What is the key word in 2 Samuel?
The key word is David, because he is the central person around whom the entire book is written.
What are the key verses in 2 Samuel?
“David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah” (2 Sam. 5:4–5).
Elmer Towns, Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003).