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Episode 5 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 16 August 2013

In his final off-beat portrait of a Biblical prophet, Clive Lawton tells the story of Samuel, who went from being the last of the judges - a fairly sloppy and incompetent system of government - to being the first prophet to work with (and against) duly constituted kings. Samuel invented the constitutional system whereby the king was subject to the law and could be held to account and set in train all those 'speaking truth to power' thereafter. High drama as he argues with the Jews about whether or not having a king is such a good idea; even higher drama when he wrenches the kingdom from his first nominee, Saul - and a really odd moment when Saul uses a witch to conjure him back from the dead.
Producer: Mark Savage.


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